Jigs & reels

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Doubleday, 2004 - Fiction - 271 pages
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Take your partners please. Suburban witches, defiant old ladies, ageing monsters, suicidal Lottery winners, wolf men, dolphin women and middle-aged manufacturers of erotic leatherwear. In these twenty-two short stories from the author of HOLY FOOLS and FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE, the miraculous goes hand-inhand 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. JIGS AND REELS is Joanne Harris' first collection of short stories. As she says in her Foreword, "a good short story can startle, ignite and illuminate...giving you vivid, anarchic glimpses into a different world, different people." Here, she proves she is as good as her word by creating an eclectic selection of tales for our times that will delight, surprise, entertain and horrify in equal measure. Sly, funny, sometime provocative but always personal, JIGS AND REELS shows a side to Joanne Harris you have never seen before. So go on, be tempted. After all, it's only dancing.

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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


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Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England on July 3, 1964. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. While working as a teacher for fifteen years, she published three novels: The Evil Seed (1989), Sleep, Pale Sister (1993) and Chocolat (1999), which was made into a film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Her other works include Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, The Lollipop Shoes and Runemarks. She also co-wrote two cookbooks with cookery writer Fran Warde: The French Kitchen and The French Market.

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