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Bad dreams and other stories / Tessa Hadley.

Hadley, Tessa, author. (Author). Hadley, Tessa. Abduction. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Stain. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Deeds not words. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. One Saturday morning. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Experience. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Bad dreams. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Flight. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Under the sign of the moon. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Her share of sorrow. (Added Author). Hadley, Tessa. Silk brocade. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 0062476661
  • ISBN: 9780062476661
  • Physical Description: viii, 224 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: [New York, NY] : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Jonathan Cape."--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note: An abduction -- The stain -- Deeds not words -- One Saturday morning -- Experience -- Bad dreams -- Flight -- Under the sign of the moon -- Her share of sorrow -- Silk brocade.
Summary, etc.: The award-winning author of The Past once again "crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural" (Washington Post), in a collection of stories that elevate the mundane into the exceptional. The author of six critically acclaimed novels, Tessa Hadley has proven herself to be the champion of revealing the hidden depths in the deceptively simple. In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric or a forgotten jacket. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, made strange by the darkness; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: each of these stories illuminate crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys; a young woman reads the diaries she discovers while housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, some that can reverberate across decades; private fantasies can affect other people, for better and worse. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams. Bad Dreams and Other Stories demonstrates yet again that Tessa Hadley "puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own. She is a true master" (Lily King, author of Euphoria).
In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric, say, and a forgotten jacket. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, strange in the dark; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: the stories focus in on crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys, or a young woman reads the diaries she comes across when she's housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, and some of them reverberate across decades; things fantasised in private can reach out to affect other people, for better and worse. An older woman recovering from serious illness speaks to a lonely young man on a train; an old friend brings bad news to a dinner party; a schoolteacher in the throes of a painful affair in 1914 has mixed feelings about her pupils' suffragette craze. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams. -- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 May #1
    Women in transition, from marriage to divorce, from young to old, from devoted mother or sister to outcast within her own family—these are the lives that Hadley (The Past, 2016) delves into with her masterful command of the intricacies of the mind. A young girl discovers her mother's feelings for another man in "One Saturday Morning," while, in "An Abduction," another teen learns that her mother is oblivious to her fierce desire for freedom from her quotidian family life. In "Experience," a recent divorcée retreats from the world when she house-sits for a friend with a violent ex, and, in "Flight," Claire's attempted reunion with her estranged sister ends in humiliation. A sense of sorrow permeates these stories in which raw emotion is laid bare: the longing for connection, for identity, for discovery, for life. Fantasies of what could be collide with the reality of what is. Each story is more memorable than the next as Hadley seduces readers with a reassuring gentleness that craftily covers the steely danger that lies within each flawed and fragile relationship. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: England > Social life and customs > Fiction.
England > Social life and customs > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.
Short stories.
Short stories.
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