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Description - Sunstroke and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley

Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends. A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him. Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach. A daughter remembers running away from home with her mother; two sisters from a family of nine vow together to grow up free from dreary women s problems. Hidden away inside the present, the past is explosive; the future can open unexpectedly out of any chance encounter; ordinary moments are illuminated with lightning flashes of dread or pleasure. These stories about family life are somehow undomesticated and dangerous.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099499251
ISBN-10: 0099499258
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of two highly-praised novels, Accidents in the Home and Everything Will Be All Right. She lives in Cardiff and teaches English and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker, Granta and other magazines.

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