Fifteen Kinds of Desire

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Vintage, 2001 - Desire - 222 pages
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'Or at least there is a desire to become a smaller part of something larger in life, something that will take charge of you as though you were a child.' Richard Ford, WILDLIFE, from the epigraph to FIFTEEN KINDS OF DESIRE A young child is preyed upon by a molester - and turns the tables in a terrifying way; a young man adopts a disguise and finds love for the first time; a boy tracks down his father's mistress and is seduced by her; a young artist who is wooed long-distance by a passionate, urbane admirer discovers she is just another conquest to him and exacts a terrible revenge; a woman loses all memory; a man falls for a woman's corny superstitions and ends up slave to them; a couple shares an epiphany about the emptiness of their lives; the famous subject of a painting tells her life story; a thrill-kill couple take advantage of a naive country boy and discover too late he's more trouble than they'll ever get into; a woman paints a picture of her husband's lover; a man runs out on his wedding day; a woman loses her husband to his best friend; a prostitute decides to kill a rival but falls for him instead; a young writer remembers growing up in Kings Cross during its glory days... Vogel-award-winning author Mandy Sayer has crafted an impeccable collection of stories with a twist: each of the seemingly disparate stories is linked to the others in some way, so that, by the end of the book, the separate strands of story are woven together by their links to each other to create a vivid, teeming whole. Assured, intriguing, each as intricate and involving as a complete novel, these stories of FIFTEEN KINDS OF DESIRE will thrill any reader.

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This collection of 15 stories about a few people who, whilst they don't know each other, ar linked together by events or actions of their family members, or lovers. Each story demonstrates a type of ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Mandy Sayer has written several books of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards include the Vogel Literary Award, the National Biography Award, the South Australian Premier's Award for Nonfiction, the Age "Book of the Year for Nonfiction and the Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction. Sayer is a regular columnist for the Australian "newspaper and the Wentworth Courier". She lives in Sydney.

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