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The redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies
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The redemption of Galen Pike (2014)

by Carys Davies

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This is an outstanding collection of short stories! Each one is unique, reels in the reader right from the start, and the endings.....oh the endings!! Each ending brings a frisson of delight with its twist! A profound, and at the same time witty, writer. An absolutely great read! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 18, 2018 |
This is one of the best, if not THE best short story collection I've ever read. I found myself whispering an awed "wow" at the end of each one. The range and scope of these stories is amazing - they are set all over the world at different time periods. Some are funny, some sad, and some heartbreakingly tragic. These are stories to savor and re-read, although I could not help myself from barrelling through them - each an addicting and delicious piece of candy to this reader. ( )
  rgustafson | Jul 10, 2016 |
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In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father's enemy. Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others."extraordinarily powerful" - VS PRITCHETT PRIZE JUDGES JANE GARDAM, PENELOPE LIVELY AND JACOB ROSS "darkly funny and unsettling" -BOYD TONKIN The Independent on Some New Ambush"As if Mark Twain and Annie Proulx had sat down at a desk together [âe¦.] I shall be looking out for more." -PIERS PLOWRIGHT"a writer willing to tackle the hardest of all fictional forms - the short story. This is a region in which so many fail [âe¦] she can do what it is essential to do in this form, she can create a micro-world, which has reverberations beyond its size and scope, which is metaphysical." -SARAH HALL… (more)

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