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Send Nudes: By the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2022 (Hardback)Saba Sams (author)
Through ten remarkably assured short stories, Sams documents the contemporary young female experience with wit and insight as her heroines come of age in a complex, contradictory world.
In ten dazzling stories, Saba Sams dives into the world of girlhood and immerses us in its contradictions and complexities: growing up too quickly, yet not quickly enough; taking possession of what one can, while being taken possession of; succumbing to societal pressure but also orchestrating that pressure. These young women are feral yet attentive, fierce yet vulnerable, exploited yet exploitative.
Threading between clubs at closing time, pub toilets, drenched music festivals and beach holidays, these unforgettable short stories deftly chart the treacherous terrain of growing up - of intense friendships, of ambivalent mothers, of uneasily blended families, and of learning to truly live in your own body. With striking wit, originality and tenderness, Send Nudes celebrates the small victories in a world that tries to claim each young woman as its own.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Saba Sams is a fresh new voice in fiction, wry and sharp and raw' - Emma Cline
'I still remember where I was when I first encountered a Saba Sams story. She is an instinctive storyteller attuned to the ordinary details that make up a life. A highly perceptive and intelligent writer' - Nicole Flattery
'I fell for this stunning collection with a rare, consuming passion' - Megan Nolan
'Beautiful, compressed, fleeting' - Sally Rooney
'A roiling, raw, gut-punch of a debut collection, best read in one sitting. Sams conveys the suffocation of being and the longing to break free - from parents, partners, children, convention, your own self - in tender, spare prose. I sat motionless for about half an hour after reading them; I can't wait to see what she writes next' - Pandora Sykes
'Send Nudes is a seriously impressive debut. Saba Sams digs into the chaos, euphoria and menace of sexual attraction, friendship and family with bravery and wit. The balance her prose strikes between observation and empathy is remarkable, and its rhythms irresistible' - Chris Power
'Saba Sams' writing is dark and glittering. Her collection twists the world on its axis and filters it through an unsettling light. Her precise, wry sentences and sticky, uncompromising characters got beneath my skin' - Jessica Andrews
'I really liked Saba Sams' spare, blunt style and her quirky take on adolescence and young womanhood. The stories covered such a wide range of moods and experiences and the various humiliations and disappointments were treated with a wonderfully clear and unsentimental eye... I hope this collection brings her lots of new readers' - Clare Chambers
'Unfalteringly different, ensnaring, often frightening stories about characters caught between childhood and adulthood, who are feeling out their boundaries, desires and limits for the first time. Sams' writing is intoxicating' - Claire Kohda
'In Send Nudes Saba Sams provides an alluring glimpse into contemporary life by presenting familiar experiences in entirely new and electrifying prose' - Zeba Talkhani
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