Darling? (Paperback)Heidi Schmidt (author)
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Pert, tart, often perfect stories from the eastern seaboard of the USA.
Every one of these stories is knowing, wry, sad, funny, engaging, full of unexpected detail, perceptive in the extreme. Heidi Jon Schmidt has an ear for dialogue, but more so for what is unsaid, for the huge chasms of unspoken communication in everyday life. Her heroes are the ever-so-slightly left-of-centre misfits, who are certain there is something missing from their lives but can't quite work out what. Whether her subject is an eleven-year-old girl grieving for her dog, a middle-aged man whose wife has left him and must return to live with his mother, an elderly lady whose husband has Alzheimers, a ninety-year-old revered poet, a group of talentless but wildly enthusiastic would-be novelists, she invests them with a credibility that makes one care passionately for them.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 185 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
`If you've had your fill of wispy, insubstantial, girly short stories, pleasant enough to read and all too easy to forget, take heart. A sharp yet lusciously written collection - the literary equivalent of a slice of gooseberry tart. Full of shocks, beautiful images and new ways of seeing things.' Harriet Lane, Observer
`It's Schmidt's ability to inject sharp, scathing humour that makes these stories so seductive and thought-provoking.' Time Out
`This is that rare and welcome book about love that's less concerned with how we find love than what we do with it, a book that deals not in moments of passion, but in moments of grace, a book about the frustrating, hilarious, embarrassing, transcendental business of living with love. Schmidt's stories are filled with delightful wit, spell-binding feeling and an emotional intelligence.' Peter Ho Davies
`In spite of their missteps and misgivings, Heidi Jon Schmidt's characters continue to search for love and understanding. These stories, like the human condition they expose, are poignant, profound, and, very, very funny.' Hester Kaplan
`Sad and painfully realistic but also poetic, uplifting and filled with bitter wit.' New Woman
`Although all misfits of the American dream, the characters are painted with such warmth and complexity that you will them to work out their lives. A perceptive, witty and assured collection, its tragi-comic edge makes it an engaging, if not entirely comfortable read.' Good Housekeeping
`Stories so good that I was tempted to dip into them when the traffic lights turned red.' Evening Herald
`"Sex and the City" by Dorothy Parker - bittersweet and brave.' Dubliner
`Intelligent, crystaline prose that gets straight to the point. The stories clackety clack with metropolitan savvy and have the delicious intimacy of an eavesdropped conversation. Like the best short stories, these are actually big stories written small.' Daily Mail
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