Dark Roots: Stories

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Feb 12, 2008 - Fiction - 224 pages
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A collection of prize-winning stories by The New Yorker–debuted Australian that is “by turns funny, wise, and achingly sad” (Stephanie Bishop, Sydney Morning Herald). Australian Cate Kennedy delivers a mesmerizing story collection that travels to the deepest depths of the human psyche. In these sublimely sophisticated and compulsively readable tales, Kennedy opens up worlds of finely observed detail to explore the collision between simmering inner lives and the cold outside world. Her stories are populated by people on the brink: a woman floundering with her own loss and emotional immobility as her lover lies in a coma; a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his two shamelessly libidinous friends; or a married woman realizes that her too-tight wedding ring isn’t the only thing that’s stuck in her relationship. Each character must make a choice and none is without consequence—even the smallest decisions have the power to destroy or renew, to recover and relinquish. Devastating, evocative, and richly comic, Dark Roots deftly unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures and the coincidences that drive our lives. This arresting collection introduces a new master of the short story.
 

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User Review  - pam.enser - LibraryThing

I wasn't too sure about this when I fist started it. The last book of short stories I read was Miranda July's collection. I liked it, but I wasn't enthralled. This is completely different. I LOVE ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A collection of short fiction from Australian Kennedy—the author's American debut.In the opening story, physical therapists stick pins in a comatose woman, looking for the faintest suggestion of ... Read full review

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Contents

WHAT THOU AND I DID TILL WE LOVED
1
A PITCH TOO HIGH FOR THE HUMAN EAR
13
HABIT
23
FLOTSAM
34
COLD SNAP
46
RESIZE
58
THE TESTOSTERONE CLUB
65
DARK ROOTS
77
SEIZURE
98
THE LIGHT OF COINCIDENCE
112
SOUNDTRACK
120
DIRECT ACTION
130
THE CORRECT NAMES OF THINGS
142
WHEELBARROW THIEF
154
SEA BURIAL
165
KILL OR CURE
170

ANGEL
91

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About the author (2008)

Cate Kennedy is an award-winning short-story writer who has twice won The Age short story competition. "Cold Snap," one of Cate's stories in Dark Roots, was published in The New Yorker on September 11, 2006. Kennedy is also the author of the travel memoir Sing and Don't Cry: A Mexican Journal and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. She is now at work on her first novel.

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