North of Nowhere, South of Loss

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 286 pages
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"A new standard for the short story genre that will be hard to surpass."--"Library Journal"
In these prize-winning, "heartbreakingly nuanced" ("Speakeasy") stories, Janette Turner Hospital explores the infinite incarnations of loss--lovers meeting again in midlife re-experience, through the memory of photographs both real and imagined, the passion that both frightened and thrilled them; a young dental hygienist adrift, living in a hostel in northern Australia, receives a heart-wrenching visit from her drug-dependent brother; a mother and adolescent daughter move into a new house, and their sense of safety is shaken when the previous owner reappears, desperate to reclaim what he has lost. Hospital's characters oscillate between estrangement and intense connectedness, between a permanent sense of dislocation and a yearning to belong.
 

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This collection is as rich and tangled as the Brisbane jungle of which the author writes. A native of Australia, Hospital (Due Preparations for the Plague ) uses the steamy, overgrown setting as a ... Read full review

Contents

The Ocean of Brisbane
1
North of Nowhere
23
For Mr Voss or Occupant
44
Unperformed Experiments Have No Results
77
Our Own Little Kakadu
96
Cape Tribulation
114
Flight
128
Frames and Wonders
145
Nativity
168
Credit Repair
194
South of Loss
218
Night Train
237
Litany for the Homeland
256
The EndoftheLine EndoftheWorld Disco 213
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Born in 1942, Janette Turner Hospital grew up on the steamy sub-tropical coast of Australia in the north-eastern state of Queensland. She began her teaching career in remote Queensland high schools, but since her graduate studies she has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France and the United States. She has been a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at M.I.T., Boston University, Colgate University, and Columbia University in New York. She currently mentors students and teaches one course each year as Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita at South Carolina University. She has won a numerous prizes for her nine novels and five short story collections and her work has been published in multiple foreign language collections.

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