Ride the Tortoise

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Jacana Media, May 1, 2013 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Experimenting with the narrative structure by crafting together snapshots, this short story collection touches upon topics as diverse as anorexia, cleaning the oven, the terror of losing a child, exile, infidelity, and desire. Using panache and hypnotic honesty, it traverses the terrain of loss and fear, yet retains elements of quirky humor and sly surprise. Told from the perspectives of a policewoman, an art teacher, an athlete, a bassoonist, a lover, and a mother, these stories are erotic, edgy, and wise.
 

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Dear me, what a tedious style.
I wake up this morning. I pay a visit to the little room. The usual. I go downstairs to make breakfast. I fry an egg. I add some toast. I go back upstairs to brush my
teeth and dress. Then back down to grab a bag. I enter the garage. Start up the car. I drive to work. It is a hot day. Maybe there'll be rain later. I return home tired and bored. Just as I am with this book.  

Contents

The Edge of the Pot
1
Still Life in the Art Room
15
Soda Lakes
28
Twenty Tips for Super Pics
40
On a Broomstick
62
Postcards from November
74
Ride the Tortoise
92
Signs from the Kitchen
102
Boston Brown Bread
125
Nymph
133
Tease
138
The Exact Location of the Exit
147
Practice
165
Acknowledgements
172
Glossary
174
Back Cover
175

Snap
112

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Liesl Jobson is a South African writer of flash fiction and the recipient of the Ernst van Heerden Award for 100 Papers. She is also a contributing editor to Books LIVE and the editor of the South African domain of Poetry International.

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