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'I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language' Mark Haddon The eagerly-awaited new book by Emma Cline, author of the global phenomenon The Girls The stories in Emma Cline's stunning first collection consider the dark corners of human experience, exploring the fault lines of power between men and women, parents and children, past and present. A man travels to his son's school to deal with the fallout of a violent attack and to make sure his son will not lose his college place. But what exactly has his son done? And who is to blame? A young woman trying to make it in LA, working in a clothes shop while taking acting classes, turns to a riskier way of making money but will be forced to confront the danger of the game she's playing. And a family coming together for Christmas struggle to skate over the lingering darkness caused by the very ordinary brutality of a troubled husband and father. These outstanding stories examine masculinity, male power and broken relationships, while revealing - with astonishing insight and clarity - those moments of misunderstanding that can have life-changing consequences. And there is an unexpected violence, ever-present but unseen, in the depiction of the complicated interactions between men and women, and families. Subtle, sophisticated and displaying an extraordinary understanding of human behaviour, these stories are unforgettable.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781784743727
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 3 Sep 2020
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.5(H) x 13.5(L) x 2(W)
Weight (gm): 279

 

Reviews

Cline is an astonishingly gifted stylist, but it is her piercing understanding of modern humiliation that makes these stories vibrate with life...brilliant -- Brandon Taylor * New York Times *
Fans of Cline will delight in the author's razor-sharp observations and penchant for storytelling * Evening Standard *
Cline is particularly good at locking in the witty detail that speaks volumes... These expertly constructed stories withhold key information... the pleasures here lie in an appreciation of Cline's skilful and absorbing craft * Sunday Times *
These stories live in the odd corners of the world, Cline's talent at uncovering the seedy and somehow bringing it to beautiful light is brilliant. These are understated gems -- Daisy Johnson
When I read Emma Cline I think of Mary Gaitskill's psychological acuity and of Joy Williams's sardonic gravitas. And yet something about Cline's intimate tone, her talent for conjuring the feeling of being alive, is entirely and uniquely her own -- Rachel Kushner

 

Author Biography

Emma Cline is from California. Her first novel, The Girls, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the highest selling debut novel of 2016. It has been published in over 40 countries worldwide. In 2017 Emma was selected as a Granta Best Young American Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Paris Review, where she was awarded the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and have been selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Best American Short Story anthologies. Her story 'What Can You Do with a General' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019.
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