Nights in a Foreign Country

Nights in a Foreign Country

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'April 14th. The South Bank. Evening. Me: girl in green dress. You: writer-type. You startled me. Let's talk more' 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. Wolves stalk the streets of Paris and concert pianists stalk women who love women in these beautifully intense stories.
Set in Canada, Britain, France and Central America, each story is a whole world in itself, perfectly created in precise, sensuous language.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 145 x 224 x 30mm | 512g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861591853
  • 9781861591852

About Jean McNeil

Jean McNeil was born in 1968, and grew up on Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. She graduated from Toronto University with a degree in international relations and Latin American studies in 1991. She has lived and worked in Cuba, Brazil and Central America, and is the author of the Rough Guide to Costa Rica and the Rough Guide to Central America. Now based in London, she continues to travel to Latin America.
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