A Few Days In The Country & Other Stories

A Few Days In The Country & Other Stories

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Internationally acclaimed for her five brilliant novels, Elizabeth Harrower is also the author of a small body of short fiction. A Few Days in the Country brings together for the first time her stories published in Australian journals in the 1960s and 1970s, along with those from her archives-including 'Alice', published for the first time in 2015 in the New Yorker.
Essential reading for Harrower fans, these finely turned pieces show a broader range than the novels, ranging from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 132 x 197 x 16mm | 160g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1925355551
  • 9781925355550
  • 220,475

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`These are wise and serious stories about deep feelings. Harrower is one of those writers you can't believe you've missed - but what a joy to discover her.' * Daily Mail * `Wide-ranging in mood and style, this is a virtuoso but warm-hearted display of the genre.' * Lady * `Vital, vivid stories by a master storyteller.' * Joan London, Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015 * `Harrower has the disconcerting knack of looking at life and seeing it unadorned.' * Australian Financial Review, Best Books of 2015 * `[Harrower] reveals an astonishing facility to reveal a world in a few brush strokes.' * West Australian * `The range of stories and styles demonstrates Harrower's extraordinary literary skill...A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories offers no sure-fire formulas, but through its interrogation of characters' psychological motivations it affords a deeper understanding of human behaviour.' * Australian Book Review * `[A Few Days in the Country creates] taut portraits and compact examinations of power, vulnerability and hope...Harrower's best stories slip as surely into your bones as her novels.' * Sydney Morning Herald/Age * `One has to think hard of a book in which so much pleasure has been wrenched from so much pain. While the skies are overcast here, what happens on the ground is brightly lit, hilariously cast by lashings of irony and overstatement...This is the work of an activist in disguise as an entertainer.' * John Freeman, Australian * `Enchanting...That Harrower has, up until recently, been denied a place in the Australian literary canon, is a tragedy-one that can only be remedied by reading her. A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories is a fantastic place to start.' * Lip Mag * `Lyrical, insightful and finely tuned.' * Otago Daily Times *
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About Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower is the author of the novels Down in the City, The Long Prospect, The Catherine Wheel and The Watch Tower-all of which have been republished as Text Classics-and In Certain Circles,
which was published in 2014 and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's
Literary Award for Fiction in 2015. Elizabeth lives in Sydney.
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