Helen Stancey's debut collection of short stories more than rivals her well-received novels, Words and Common Ground. The Madonna of the Pool is a fantastic collection of short stories which explore the triumphs, compromises and quiet disappointments of everyday life. Drawing on a wide array of characters, Helen Stancey shows how small events, insignificant to some, can resonate deeply in the lives of others. Richly poetic, deeply moving and entirely engaging, these short stories demonstrate an exquisite understanding of human adaptation, endurance and, most of all, optimism.
Publisher: Fairlight Books
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'In the poised assurance of its writing, one has a sense of a writer gifted with an instinctive sense of how to tell a story.' - The Spectator; 'Writing so accomplished...' - Tablet; 'Palpable excellence' - Literary Review