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- Publisher: Parthian Books
- Format: Paperback | 229 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 18mm | 240g
- Publication date: 15 June 2008
- Publication City/Country: Cardigan
- ISBN 10: 1905762070
- ISBN 13: 9781905762071
This is a short-story collection (15 stories), with varied settings, voices and appeal to age-groups, although the strongest readership probably the biggest one for fiction: women 35-60. Settings mainly in a neglected corner of Wales: the north-east looking towards Liverpool, plus one story set in Liverpool and one on the north American frontier. A few bring in historical themes and one is set in colonial America. The major theme is power balance at the point that one party takes control: the narrative usually favours men over women. Class conflict is there too but understated. Also nature resisting our attempts to control it, and fatherhood. The whole collection has a rural and small-town feel, reflecting the reality of lives of probably the majority living here and certainly the majority of fiction-readers. It is gentle but certainly not soft: it is sophisticated and perceptive. Sex is quite raunchy in places. Imagery is particularly powerful and is used in a way similar to Jo Mazelis but possibly with more depth. Her control of how much information to include and its timing is excellent. Animals are very present, and represent nature, sensuality and their function at times of bestowing power, e.g. for teenage girls and older single women. Small workplace settings and politics are very strong and extremely representative of contemporary Wales - small businesses, run-down industrial estates etc.
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Born in Saltney, Flintshire, Gee Williams now lives five miles from the Welsh border, in Cheshire. Her fiction writing credits include over twenty Radio 4 scripts and numerous magazine and anthology pieces. Making Waves, written with the West Indian playwright Sol B River, was shortlisted for the 2000 Race in the Media Drama Awards as well as the Richard Imison Award. Gee was Poetry Review's New Poet of Summer 1996 and her work was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Award that year. Gee has won both the Rhys Davies and the Book Pl@ce Awards for contemporary short stories. Her first short fiction collection, Magic and Other Deceptions, was published in 2001.