Audacious, original, clever, poignant -- these are just a few words that describe the writing of Nicola Barker, a talented, award-winning author whose work brings to mind Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, and Maragaret Atwood. Now nineteen of her finest short stories have been complied into one brilliant, delightful readable volume.
It takes young Carrie twenty-one years and a chance meeting with an eighty-three-year-old widow to realize she fell victim to her husband's "Three Button Trick." The main character in "Wesley" must work through his troubled childhood in a series of episodes involving masses of eels, an imaginary friend named Joy, and an unmentionable incident with an emu-owl. From erotic encounters behind clothing racks to a kleptomaniac with his organs on the wrong side, this daring and gifted writer never fails to surprise us, entertain us, and make us think.
About the Author
Nicola Barker is the author of eleven novels, including "The Yips" (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), "Darkmans" (shortlisted for the Booker and the Ondaatje Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), "Clear" (longlisted for the Booker), and "Wide Open" (winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and three story collections, including" Love Your Enemies" (winner of the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award). Two of her stories, "Dual Balls" and "Symbiosis," have been adapted for British television, and the former was shortlisted for a BAFTA. Barker was named on "Granta"'s Best of Young British Novelists list in 2003, and her work has been translated into over a dozen languages. She lives in London.