Tenterhooks

Tenterhooks

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By (author) Suzannah Dunn

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  • Publisher: Flamingo
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 16mm | 196g
  • Publication date: 4 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0006550878
  • ISBN 13: 9780006550877

Product description

The best book yet from this witty writer In these ten stories, Suzannah Dunn shows her considerable talent for writing short fiction Wonderfully funny, clever observations of womens' lives: Auntie Fay comes to Spain for the summer, survives on insulin injections, tans to the hue of a blood blister and routinely saves the skins of Renee and her unfortunate family; the sixth form do Pembrokeshire, on a field trip of stale cigarettes, smuggled scotch, and finally, mutiny; a young woman remembers her first real love - for the ghost of her aunt's boyfriend Dunn is poised to win a major prize -Venus Flaring was called in by the Booker judges

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Author information

Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous books of fiction: 'Darker Days Than Usual', 'Blood Sugar', 'Past Caring', 'Quite Contrary', 'Venus Flaring', 'Tenterhooks', 'Commencing Our Descent', 'The Queen of Subtleties' and her most recent success 'The Sixth Wife'. She lives in Shropshire.

Review quote

'Dunn is a surgeon of the heart, and her observations are sparky.' Time Out 'Compelling power... Dunn shows again her gift for making the ordinary seem extraordinary.' The Times

Editorial reviews

A delicious selection of ten stories from a writer whose observations are from a totally new perspective. Everything old and familiar is here: from gonks to freezers, going out together to living in sin. This is a world of 1950s ideas shovelled on to 1990s people where the author has a special gift of transforming even the bigot into a fairytale character. We are all living on tenterhooks, in a state of uneasiness, women in particular suffering still from the old-fashioned, aiming-to-please factor. What could be dealt with in a cutting or even an acerbic way is given charm. In 'Sync' the author manages to make a motorway night ride seem seductive and meaningful. We are told an alternative tale of sun, sea, sand and a woman with a sick heart in 'Night Flight' and of another woman with a different health dilemma in 'Possibility of Electricity'. But perhaps the piece de resistance is the satirical reminiscence of the 1970s 'when style was in short supply...' Remember Curly Wurlies, the Bay City Rollers and the day Elvis died? (Kirkus UK)