And Also Sharks by Jessica Westhead

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At her best, Westhead is capable of such startlingly effective reversals. This, combined with a willingness to cast an unwavering gaze on characters caught in moments of awkwardness and vulnerability, results in a suite of stories that are funny and uncomfortable, often at the same time.
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The office cat lady understands better than the rest what it means to be a people person. The kleptomaniac steals because no one can give her what she really needs. And the unemplyed carpenter? He doesn't need the spotlight - he's just happy to make the stage. These are the unlikely stars of 'And Also Sharks': misfits and "losers" whose inability to fit in has less to do with personal failings than it does with the hostile strangeness of modern life. In this collection, Jessica Westhead manages the rare feat of writing with both her tongue in her cheek and her heart on her sleeve, infusing humour, charm, and humanity into everyday absurdities.
 

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Published March 10, 2011 by Cormorant Books. 238 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Apr 15 2011

At her best, Westhead is capable of such startlingly effective reversals. This, combined with a willingness to cast an unwavering gaze on characters caught in moments of awkwardness and vulnerability, results in a suite of stories that are funny and uncomfortable, often at the same time.

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