A striking new collection of ten short stories and two novellas that explores the idea of property in every meaning of the word, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Intermingling settings in America and Britain, Lionel ShriverA??s first collection explores property in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Lionel ShriverA??s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.
In the stunning novella "The Standing Chandelier," a woman with a history of attracting other womenA??s antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his fiancA©eA??only to discover that the jealous fiancA©e wants to cut her out of their lives. In "Domestic Terrorism," a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a millennial cause cA©lEbre. In "The ChapStick," a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In "Vermin," an artistic Brooklyn coupleA??s purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once-passionate relationship. In "The Subletter," two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over a claim to a territory that doesnA??t belong to either.
Exhibiting a satisfying thematic unity unusual for a collection, this masterful work showcases the biting insight that has made Shriver one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
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by Maria Shriver
by Lionel Shriver
by Sargent Shriver
by Pat Barker
by Patricia Cornwell
by Lee Smith
by Salman Rushdie
by Carol Shields
by Larry McMurtry
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"At first, author-narrator Lionel Shriver (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) may sound laconic, but the persevering listener will be rewarded by this striking collection. Bookended by two novellas and with a passel of short stories in between, this audiobook is packed. Shriver proves herself a narrator who knows when to inflect her words and mimic her characters' cadences to reveal their inner and outer lives. The theme of property--both stuff as well as occupation or ownership of places--connects these works like ornaments on a single string. Her spare but engaging reading makes these varied stories engaging and meaningful. The novellas, THE STANDING CHANDELIER and THE SUBLETTER, demonstrate the author's ability to show people warts and all yet captivate the listener. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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