Dark Roots: Stories (Paperback)Cate Kennedy (author)
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Deftly evoking the strains of a dissolving relationship, or the ripple effect of a chance encounter, Cate Kennedy's crystalline collection opens up a world of finely observed detail. Her stories are populated by people at tipping points in their lives - moments that find them poised between a familiar past and an unfamiliar future. A cancer sufferer boards a plane with three kilos of cocaine in her luggage; a neglected wife plans an unsavoury revenge on her boorish husband; a woman helplessly watches her beloved partner slip into a coma. Each of these people must make a choice, and none is without consequence.
Dark Roots reveals the regrets, successes and unintended ironies created by life's coincidences. It is a bravura collection, by turns moving, richly comic and, above all, unerringly human.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Kennedy's prose, line by line, is sharp, evocative and often poetic, but the measured precision of her storytelling... the right thing at the right moment: that's what makes fiction feel like life. * New York Times *
Terrific stories narrated with confidence and grace, switching with ease from a 10-year-old boy's voice to a grieving young woman's. Imaginative...lyrical... powerful. An exceptional writer. * Sunday Herald *
Note-perfect, ironic, mischievous stories * The Times *
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