Fascination: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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One of the most beguiling storytellers on either side of the Atlantic delivers a luminous new collection whose 14 stories are a series of variations on the theme of love–and its shady cousin lust. A film director’s journal becomes an unintended chronicle of his deepening and ruinous obsession with a leading lady (“Notebook No. 9”). While flying business class, a well-behaved English architect feels the chill onset of an otherworldly visitation that will shatter his family and career (“A Haunting”). An unhappy young boy, neglected by both his father and adulterous mother, finds an unexpected friend in an elderly painter (“Varengeville”). Wise, unsettling, humane, and endlessly surprising, Fascination lives up to its title on every page, while confirming William Boyd’s stature as a writer of incandescent talent.




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User Review  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

Sometimes it’s merely the uncanny juxtaposition of two simple words that lets us know we’re reading a great writer. “(V)ast insouciance” — from the short story “The Pigeon” — is such an example ... Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

The short stories in this collection are definitely not the sort you find in Woman's Weekly Fiction Special. They are distinctly literary, suitable for people who like to read, re-read and puzzle over ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
Varengeville
A Haunting
Fascination
Beulah Berlin an AZ
The View from Yves Hill
Visions Fugitives
Copyright

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William Boyd is the author of eight novels, three collections of short stories, and twelve screenplays that have been filmed. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He lives in London and southwest France.


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