short story collection
These internationally-acclaimed stories chart
the author's nomadic trajectory from Deep North Australia to America's
In these prize-winning stories, Janette Turner
Hospital explores the infinite incarnations of loss — lovers
meeting again in midlife re-experience, through the memory of photographs
both real and imagined, the passion that both frightened and thrilled
them; a young dental hygienist adrift, living in a hostel in northern
Australia, receives a heart-wrenching visit from her drug-dependent
brother; a mother and adolescent daughter move into a new house,
and their sense of safety is shaken when the previous owner reappears,
desperate to reclaim what he has lost. Hospital's characters oscillate
between estrangement and intense connectedness, between a permanent
sense of dislocation and a yearning to belong.
"Hospital goes from strength to literary
strength ever brilliant in ideas, graceful in expression, resourceful
— Fay Weldon
"Her stories are like brief cyclones wrapped
around an unexpected center of calm."
— Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Turner Hospital has a rich, allusive style
and a gift for intensity which etches the geography of her characters'
inner lives as sharply as it does the cities, towns and climates
in which they live."
— Sandra Hall, The Bulletin
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