Little Black Book of Stories

Little Black Book of Stories

Book - 2004
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The Booker Prize--winning author ofPossessionandA Whistling Womanis at her best in this dazzling collection of five new tales. Little Black Book of Storiesoffers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their childhood fears and memories and the strange thing they saw--or thought they saw--so long ago. A distinguished male obstetrician and a young woman artist meet in a hospital, but they have very different ideas about body parts, birth, and death. A man meets the ghost of his living wife; a woman turns to stone. And an innocent member of an evening creative writing class turns out to have her own decided views on the best way to use "raw material." These unforgettable stories are by turns haunting, funny, sparkling, and scary. Byatt'sLittle Black Bookadds a deliciously dark note to her skill in mixing folk and fairy tales with everyday life.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781400041770
Branch Call Number: FIC BYATT
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 20 cm

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Harriet_the_Spy Oct 05, 2010

These stories are disturbing, some of them quite creepy, but Byatt is a master of the short story form and they are well worth reading. They are even strangely uplifting in a way, as if confronting life's demons takes away some of their power. For those that like good, dark stories, these are some of the best.


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