Chattering: Stories

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Granta Books, Jun 2, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Louise Stern’s stories are peopled with brave young girls, out to party, travel the world, go a little bit wild. The one thing that marks them out from their peers is that they have grown up deaf. They communicate with the outside world via a complicated mixture of sign language, lip-reading, note-scribbling, guesswork and instinct. Yet they are full of daring, ready for adventures that take them into unfamiliar places and strange, cock-eyed relationships with people whose actions they observe but never wholly understand. It is this sense of dislocation from common experience that marks out Louise Stern’s original voice. She is fully engaged in the world we recognize and share, but the way she observes it sets her apart. Her eyes are keen; she notices things we would never see; she is quick to judge, wary, suspicious and vulnerable. She experiences the world like a voyeur, always watching, yet able to retreat to an interior silence that nobody from the outside can ever reach.
 

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Contents

ROADRUNNER
BOAT
BLACK AND WHITE DOG
THE VELVET ROPE
ABEL GRANNY AND HIM
KING EDDIE
THE WILD MAN
CHATTERING
THE PIRATES
WINDOW WASHER
THE DEAF SCHOOL
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About the author (2011)

Louise Stern grew up in Freemont, California, the fourth generation deaf in her family. She has lived in London for eight years. She works for Sam Taylor-Wood and is the founder and publisher of Maurice, a contemporary art magazine for children.

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