The Best Australian Stories 2009

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Delia Falconer
ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Literary Collections - 489 pages
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After searching high and low for the year's outstanding short fiction, Delia Falconer has selected masterful stories from some of the country's best-loved authors and exciting work from the up-and-coming. 'Stories don't have the novel's luxury of great swathes of time, its layerings, its wanderings, its counterpoints,' she observes. 'Instead, they must cut to the bone straightaway ... Sometimes they capture a shift in a whole world; at other times they put into words a mood or tone that we might not have seen, until it appears so beautifully before us.' With their wry humour, quiet intensity and elegant economy, these stories display Australian writing at its diverse, unpredictable best.
 

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Contents

The Lap Pool
17
A Refreshing Sleep
47
Club Selection
68
A Late Netting
94
Suddenly Doctor Cox
111
Integrity
130
Here Is a Hair from Her Head
150
In Formation
167
Quicksilvers Ride
271
White Spirit
292
And After Death the Judgment
309
Life Sentence
341
Picasso Boy
364
All That We Know of Dreaming
393
Intelligence Quotient
406
Dry Land
432

The Nuns Story
185
Hell Is Other Parents
226
The Bodies
250
The Little Black
460
Publication Details
479
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