All the Rage

All the Rage

Book - 2014
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"A. L. Kennedy's latest collection of stories is an investigation of "certain types of threat and the odder edges of sweet things"--another intense and luscious feast of language from the author of The Blue Book and Paradise. "I want to describe my genuine circumstances on the occasion in question, but I can't," confesses the narrator of "Baby Blue," who finds herself "somewhere like a very big grocers. a supermarket full of sex." Kennedy hilariously explores the comic possibilities of fake genitalia before landing on a heartbreaking note.In "Takes You Home," a man tries to sell his apartment, the emptiness of the rooms. It's a journey to the interior that is both harrowing and humorous, as he considers the benefit of showing off the old kitchen rather than renovating--it "only quietly asks to be replaced and will shrug when it's knocked to pieces and hauled away and not take it personally one bit." Swarming with memory and moments of grace, All the Rage is Kennedy at her inimitable best"--
Publisher: Boston :, New Harvest,, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780544307049
Branch Call Number: SS KENN
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 28, 2014

These 12 short stories are generally around the theme of love. They are subtle and compressed; not light reading, I read them twice but was never disappointed by the results of the extra effort.

BCD2013 May 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A boy won’t name a new puppy because he knows his mother will eventually take it away from him in a fit of pique; a disfigured introvert wanders into a sex shop and feels she has to buy something just to get away from an overly-aggressive clerk; a younger partner in a May-December romance asks his lover “What should I wear at your funeral?” Scottish writer Kennedy’s penetrating observations about these flawed, discomfited people and her crystalline prose make her a master story teller. Her talent has always been underappreciated in this country. Perhaps this book will correct that error.
- Wayne Roylance


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