Little Black Book of Stories

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Knopf, 2004 - Fiction - 240 pages
The Booker Prize--winning author of "Possession "and "A Whistling Woman" is at her best in this dazzling collection of five new tales.
Little Black Book of Stories "offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their childhood fears and memories and the strange thing they saw-or thought they saw-so long ago. A distinguished male obstetrician and a young woman artist meet in a hospital, but they have very different ideas about body parts, birth, and death. A man meets the ghost of his living wife; a woman turns to stone. And an innocent member of an evening creative writing class turns out to have her own decided views on the best way to use "raw material."
These unforgettable stories are by turns haunting, funny, sparkling, and scary. Byatt's "Little Black Book "adds a deliciously dark note to her skill in mixing folk and fairy tales with everyday life.

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The human world of stones is caught in organic metaphors like flies in amber. Words came from flesh and hair and plants. A collection of slightly stories which appear to announce in all-caps, IF I ... Read full review

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This is a collection of five stories that are supposed to be inspired by fairy tales. There were two in this collection I really enjoyed. “The Thing in the Forest” did an amazing job of blending ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

A. S. Byatt is the author of numerous novels, including A Whistling Woman and Possession, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1990. She has also written two novellas, published together as Angels and Insects, four previous collections of shorter works, and several works of nonfiction. Educated at Cambridge, she was a senior lecturer in English at University College London. She lives in London

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