What Becomes Paperback
A.L. Kennedy's fifth collection of short stories show us exactly what becomes of the broken-hearted.
Her characters are perfectly ordinary people - whose marriages founder; who sit on their own in a cinema watching a film with no soundtrack; who risk sex in a hotel with an anonymous stranger or who order a luxurious meal as their lives fall apart - but the stories she weaves around them are truly remarkable.
She reveals the sadness, violence, hurt and terror, but also the redemption and the love - and she does so with enormous human compassion and leaps of black humour.
From the winner of the Costa Book Award for Day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099494065
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Review by CarltonC
Some good stories, especially "As God made us" about war veterans, and there was some humour, but overall too depressing to be engaging,
Review by alexrichman
At times the description is dull, or confusing, and the dialogue can be clichéd, but the ideas behind the short stories in this collection are always interesting - no mean feat.