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Rose Tremain (Author)


“A collection of stylish daring, tonal mastery and smart, tough love.”—New York Times Book Review

Trapped in a London apartment, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A young woman who is about to marry a rich aristocrat instead begins a torrid relationship with a construction worker. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. A middle-aged woman cares for her injured mother at Christmas. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor, Daphne du Maurier.

Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this magnificent and diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style, she lays bare the soul of her characters—the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy, and the adorable—to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35244-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Rose Tremain’s writing is so good, she makes us hear English anew.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“How wonderful to have a new book of Rose Tremain’s stories. Like her novels, they are brilliant in both their execution and their variation. I know no other fiction writer who is so smart and so wise about so many different places and people. This book contains a thrilling world of stories.” — Peter Cameron

“In this season of outstanding story collections… this one occupies space in the top drawer… Tremain’s adeptness at not only drawing in page-length but also, and more important, reducing theme and plot to a smaller scale while simultaneously creating a compelling narrative tension is to be admired.” — Brad Hooper, Booklist

“Throughout, melancholy is offset by Tremain’s worldliness, her quick wit and the sheer joy that’s to be had from characterization… Wholly enthralling, these stories gleam with human desire and malice and hope.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The breadth of subjects and settings is matched by Tremain’s exquisite prose. Readers might just want to take a break between stories, to savor the language and the images.” — Publishers Weekly

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