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The redemption of Galen Pike (2014)
by Carys Davies
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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
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