Sunstroke and Other Stories
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Sunstroke and Other Stories

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Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends. A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him. Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents' holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach. Hidden away inside the present, the past is explosive; the future can open unexpectedly out of any chance encounter; ordinary moments are illuminated with lightning flashes of dread or pleasure. These stories about family life are somehow undomesticated and dangerous.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 10mm | 137g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099499258
  • 9780099499251
  • 353,213

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"Few writers give me such consistent pleasure" -- Zadie Smith "She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today" -- Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie "Truly absorbing... a masterful yet understated read... More please" Sunday Express "Brilliant... Hadley's style is as discreet as good tailoring" Independent "The stories sparkle...Hadley is fascinating for the way she admits a fantasy or a missed chance can be more significant than the actual events that shape a life" Metroshow more

About Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl and The Past and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker and other magazines.show more

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"Brilliant... Hadley's style is as discreet as good tailoring"show more

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313 ratings
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4 42% (132)
3 25% (77)
2 9% (28)
1 1% (4)
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