Whoever You Choose to Love

Whoever You Choose to Love : Stories

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Throughout the media, Colette Paul's debut on the literary scene has been hailed as the birth of a startling new talent. In her unsettling, insightful and thoroughly poised collection of short stories she writes with freshness and vigour. A young woman goes to see the father who left her when she was a baby and ends up having to have a look at him in his coffin, a little girl watches from the top bunk as her older sister gets ready to go out, disappointed schoolgirls lie in wait for flashers, a woman takes her ill child with her on a hot date ...There are echoes of the wit of a young Muriel Spark in these contemporary tales of modern lives, a way of twisting the mundane to make it seem extraordinary.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 185g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753818493
  • 9780753818497

About Paul Collett

Colette Paul was born in Glasgow and graduated with a first in English and Politics from the University of Glasgow. She has just graduated with distinction from the new Creative Writing department of the same university (run by James Kelman, Alisdair Gray and Tom Leonard) and is about to begin a Ph.D. in Creative Writing. She is 23 and lives in Glasgow. She was recently awarded a Scottish Arts Council award to help her to complete a first novel.show more

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'a deeply affecting collection of contemporary tales of women of all ages, their lives, hopes and disappointments laid bare with refreshing and at times painful honesty.' HERALD (22.1.05) 'Colette Paul's debut is a very fine collection of stories about families and relationships, riddled with self-deception, disappointment, disillusionment and solipsism...Paul achieves a very similar effect to [Raymond] Carver, with a similar economy and grace...she has a distinct voice.' -- Laurence Phelan INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (30.1.05)show more

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