Nights in a Foreign Country

Nights in a Foreign Country

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Jean McNeil's first novel, Hunting Down Home, was widely praised for its 'knife-edged lyricism' and exquisite language. With this collection of stories, she returns to form with thirteen startling tales of longing and arbitrary lives. In 'Once Seen', a young woman in London constructs her own yearnings through ads in the Once Seen columns. In 'Beach Boy', Ignacio struggles to recall an earlier childhood, and a mother in the northern hemisphere who wants him back. A once successful writer seeks to revitalise his career through tracing the journeys and illicit loves of his famous travel writer friend in 'Cachoeira'. Lives intertwine briefly and uncoil suddenly in these human encounters - two girls in a burning landscape, a journalist caught in a Central American coup, a father and a daughter watching eels thrashing in a weir on a moonlit night. Set in Canada, Britain, France and Central America, each story is a whole world in itself, perfectly created in precise, sensuous language.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 20mm | 260g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753812746
  • 9780753812747

About Jean McNeil

Jean McNeil grew up on Cape Breton Island in Canada but has lived in London since 1991 and has spent long periods living in Latin America. Her first novel Hunting Down Home was published in 1996. She is also the author of the Rough Guide to Costa Rica.show more

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