|What Becomes (2009) [Collection]|
by A. L. Kennedy
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(From the publisher):
No one captures the spirit of our times like A. L. Kennedy, with her dark humour and brilliant evocation of contemporary social and spiritual malaise. These twelve stories are profound, intimate observations of men and women whose lives ache with possibility. They conceal tenderness and disappointment, vulnerability and longing, griefs and wonders -- and show us exactly what becomes of the broken-hearted.
In the title story, a man abandons his indifferent wife and wanders into a small-town movie theatre where he finds himself just as invisible as he was at home. In the masterfully comic "Saturday Teatime," a woman trying to relax in a flotation tank is hijacked by memories of her past. In "Whole Family with Young Children Devastated," a woman, inadvertently drawn into a stranger's marital dysfunction, meditates on the failings of modern life as seen through late-night television and early morning walks.
Devastating and funny, intimate and profound, the stories in What Becomes are further proof that A. L. Kennedy is one of the most dazzling and inventive writers of her generation.
- What becomes
- Saturday teatime
- Confectioner's gold
- Whole family with small children devastated
- As God made us
- Story of my life
Original title: What Becomes
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
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