Jigs & Reels: Stories

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Harper Collins, Aug 10, 2004 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Novelist Joanne Harris has received widespread critical acclaim as the creator of richly evocative tales that vividly bring to life the world, rituals, and cuisine of rural France. Now the bestselling author of Holy Fools and Chocolat widens her horizons with Jigs & Reels -- her first ever collection of short stories.

Each of the twenty-two tales in this enchanting collection is a surprise and a delight, melding the poignant and the possible with the outrageous, the magical, and, sometimes, the eerily haunting. Wolf men, dolphin women, aging monsters, defiant old ladies, suicidal lottery winners, suburban witches, and middle-aged manufacturers of erotic leatherwear -- in Jigs & Reels where the miraculous goes hand in hand with the mundane, the sour with the sweet, and the beautiful, the grotesque, the seductive, and the disturbing are never more than one step away.

Whether she's exploring the myth of beauty, the pain of infidelity, or the wonder of late-life romance, Joanne Harris once again proves herself a master of the storyteller's trade. An incomparable reading experience awaits anyone who willingly surrenders to the spins and leaps of Jigs & Reels.

Take your partners, please ...

 

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An author's transition from novelist to short story writer does not always work. The ability to compress a complete, compelling story into a few pages does not always accompany the talent of reeling ... Read full review

Contents

Faith and Hope Go Shopping
1
The GSUS Gene
16
The Ugly Sister
25
Gastronomicon
35
Hello Goodbye
78
The Spectator
111
Al and Christines World of Leather
118
Last Train to Dogtown
132
Come in Mr Lowry Your Number Is Up
186
Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl
227
Fish
246
Never Give a Sucker
261
Eau de Toilette
267
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About the author (2004)

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

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