Like a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

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From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new
collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on
Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their
ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of
humour. In `Laminex and Mirrors', a young woman working as a
cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor's orders. In
`Cross-Country', a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex's new
life. And in `Ashes', a son accompanies his mother on a journey to
scatter his father's remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the
background. Cate Kennedy's poignant short stories find the beauty and
tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 21.34mm | 303.91g
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1922070068
  • 9781922070067
  • 34,880

Review quote

'Cate Kennedy is a singular artist who looks to the ordinary in a small rural community and is particularly astute on exploring the fallout left by the aftermath of the personal disasters that change everything.' -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * 'Cate Kennedy writes with the warm understanding and cold precision of a master.' -- David Malouf 'One of the world's finest short-story writers'. -- Robert Drewe 'Cate Kennedy's anger is a cleansing fire. Her stories ache with small mercies - tender, life-affirming, real.' -- Hilary McPhee 'Short fiction at its best.' * Instyle Magazine * 'This is a heartfelt and moving collection of short stories that cuts right to the emotional centre of everyday life.' * Bookseller & Publisher * 'Cate Kennedy is among the very best of short story writers ... bewitching.' * Ballarat Courier *
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About Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoir Sing, and Don't Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her latest book is The Taste of River Water- New and Selected Poems by Cate Kennedy, which was published in May 2011 and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry.
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Rating details

344 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 23% (80)
4 41% (142)
3 23% (78)
2 10% (34)
1 3% (10)
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