From the Scottish author of Foreign Parts comes a collection of short stories that gazes unflinchingly at the struggle to love against the odds.
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Janice Galloway's first novel, The Trick Is to Keep Breathing, was published in 1990 and won the MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel and Scottish First Book. A story from her second book, Blood, won the Cosmopolitan/Perrier Short Story Award. Her second novel, Foreign Parts, won the McVitie's Prize in 1994, the same year she won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award. She lives in Glasgow.From Publishers Weekly:
This absorbing new collection of 20 stories (after Blood and Foreign Parts) explores relationships and fears in contemporary Glasgow. Each story offers a different perspective on the quiet desperation of the trapped, but the complex characters stubbornly resist the mold of victims. Even the six-year-old girl in "Someone Had To," brutally abused by her uncle, does not cry out; she responds to his torments with an unblinking stare. In "The Bridge," Fiona overcomes the frantic warnings in her head and stands up to an artist she adores. Galloway imbues her stories with a lurking malevolence, and her characters' defeats could perhaps be attributed to their fears. "Test" opens with a woman awakening to "the crackle of someone unwrapping a claw hammer. A length of cable. Cheese wire." With a combination of relief and disgust, she realizes that a discarded sandwich tray made the sound, but the sense of an unnamed threat relentlessly pervades the story and the collection as a whole. In several of these tales, Galloway departs from the bleak realities of Glasgow housing estates and presents a more surreal vision. In "After the Rains," the sun comes out for the first time in nine months and people literally blossom: the florist turns into a garden; the greengrocer watches a cabbage "foresting the front of his overalls." Galloway's deft prose calmly stretches reality but avoids a descent into the ridiculous, an impressive testament to her talent and versatility. Agent, Jonathan Cape. (Feb. 14)Forecast: The Valentine's Day pub date may be an ironic gesture. In any case, literary worth and not marketing gimmicks will sell this notable collection.
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Book Description Vintage. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, some inner pages are creased, 240 pages. "Galloway's subject is love in all its quirky triumphs and sneaky defeats. Where You Find It confirms the originality and skill which wins her awards. Galloway has the all-important gift of knowing when her stories end, and lethally accurate powers of observation." (Judy Cooke Daily Telegraph)"The writing can be felt on your pulses. Galloway is a literary endoscopist. She gets beneath the surface of life and exposes the nerves." (Georgina Brown Independent)"She is a quite brilliant observer of the way relationships suddenly turn, of how a look, a gesture, a word can heal or hurt" (Anthony Quinn Harpers & Queen)"Fuses a nerve- exposing honesty with deep compassion" (Gavin Wallace Scotsman) In her latest collection of stories, Janice Galloway turns her unflinching gaze on relationships: the struggle to love against the odds, the overpowering yearning to communicate, and the extraordinary epiphanies where the World falls away leaving only the lovers. Love is, of course, where you find it, and it is here in an evening walk across a London bridge, a chip-shop pizza, Derek's mouth, or ham sandwiches cut into hearts. A brilliant observer of human frailty and tenderness, Janice Galloway examines the moments where lives split like a stone, where people are healed or broken by a word or the touch of a hand. Savagely accurate, vivid and unsentimental, these are painstakingly crafted stories: engaging, caustic, funny and terrifyingly true. Bookseller Inventory # 9633
Book Description Vintage 1997, 1997. Book Condition: New. New paperback. May show some slight shelf wear but content fine and unread Fiction. Bookseller Inventory # A123825
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