Dark Roots

Dark Roots

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A collection of prize-winning stories by The New Yorkera€“debuted Australian that is a€œby turns funny, wise, and achingly sada€ (Stephanie Bishop, Sydney Morning Herald). Australian Cate Kennedy delivers a mesmerizing story collection that travels to the deepest depths of the human psyche. In these sublimely sophisticated and compulsively readable tales, Kennedy opens up worlds of finely observed detail to explore the collision between simmering inner lives and the cold outside world. Her stories are populated by people on the brink: a woman floundering with her own loss and emotional immobility as her lover lies in a coma; a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his two shamelessly libidinous friends; or a married woman realizes that her too-tight wedding ring isna€™t the only thing thata€™s stuck in her relationship. Each character must make a choice and none is without consequencea€”even the smallest decisions have the power to destroy or renew, to recover and relinquish. Devastating, evocative, and richly comic, Dark Roots deftly unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures and the coincidences that drive our lives. This arresting collection introduces a new master of the short story.body is engineering, Rachel feels herself in bed, comes up for air to hear the bedroom phone extension snickering as someone dials out. ... She feels transition start and recalls the barked instructions of the on-duty obstetrician she had recoiled from in her other labour, who ... those nurses, the one with the chewing gum who did the rounds in her brand new Sony Walkman, bringing Rachel magazines.

Title:Dark Roots
Author: Cate Kennedy
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2008-02-12

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