Most of these vivid and unsettling stories are rooted in apparently everyday lives and situations, but suddenly become surreal or disturbing - reading them feels sometimes as though you're walking along in the real world and suddenly step off an edge into a void, where rules of gravity and normality have disappeared but life carries on ... They're full of Woodward's trademark mix of humour, pathos, dysfunctional families and disappointed lives, as well as dazzling moments of illumination, perfect imagery, beautiful writing and intimations of mortality (in 'A Ford Mondeo' and 'Gardening').
But this time there's infidelity ('Pangea Ultima', 'Milk', 'Cleopatra', 'Firemen'), curdled sex ('Firemen' again, and 'Chicken Pox'), strange jobs in kitchens and sandwich bars which involve betrayal and revenge (as in 'Hygiene' or 'Strawberries'). And the title comes from 'Rape' where a caravan (a nice Fleetwood Marauder) seems to have been lifted from its regular berth at Glenmore Caravan Park in the middle of the night to land it and its occupants in a field in the middle of nowhere... which leads to unaccustomed and violent fantasies.
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'nice observation.... Woodward's humour often glimmers quietly' -- The Sunday Times
`At his best, Gerard Woodward is one of our finest writers... he writes with subtlety and skill'.
-- Daily Telegraph
`Gerard Woodward falls squarely between the comic lunacy of American short-form virtuoso George Saunders and the everyday rhapsodies of Raymond Carver... Woodward is actually at his best when he's knee-deep in the ordinary'
-- Time Out
`Gerard Woodward has one very desirable quality: a distinctive voice.' -- The Scotsman
`Gerard Woodward's first collection of short stories brims with confidence' -- The Observer
`In clean, uncomplicated prose inlaid with images of striking lyricism, Woodward explores the bizarre possibilities of ordinary people's lives' -- The Sunday Telegraph
`Woodward is a skilful writer, with a fertile imagination.' -- The Guardian
`the down-to-earth dialogue and the deadpan delivery remain doggedly realistic, and some stories retain not only the ring of truth but also its open-ended structure' -- Times Literary Supplement
'Woodward proves himself to be a wicked short story writer.'
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Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 8.74x5.67x1.02 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0701177608
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0701177608
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