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Dark Roots: Stories (original 2006; edition 2008)
by Cate Kennedy (Author)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802170455, Paperback)
A collection of prize-winning stories by The New Yorkerdebuted Australian that is by turns funny, wise, and achingly sad” (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 isn’t the only thing that’s stuck in her relationship. Each character must make a choice and none is without consequenceeven 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.
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"From the strains of a dissolving relationship, to the ripple effect of a chance encounter, the characters in Cate Kennedy's Dark Roots all hover at tipping points in their lives. Whether it's a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his brutish, shamelessly libidinous friends; or a married couple who come to realize that their too-tight wedding rings aren't the only things that are stuck in their relationship, each must make a choice and none is without consequence." "Dark Roots reveals the regrets, successes and unintended ironies that result from the coincidences that propel our lives. It is a bravura collection, by turn moving, richly comic and, above all, unerringly human."--BOOK JACKET.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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