Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

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Along Cornwall's ancient coast, the flotsam and jetsam of the past becomes caught in the cross-currents of the present and, from time to time, a certain kind of magic can float to the surface...Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Magpies whisper to lonely drivers late at night. Trees can make wishes come true - provided you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A teenager's growing pains are sometimes even bigger than him. And, on a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wrecker's lamps, standing stones and baying hounds, and relationships wax and wane in the glow of a moonlit sea. This luminous, startling and utterly spellbinding debut collection introduces in Lucy Wood a spectacular new voice in contemporary British fiction.
 

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Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall. Diving Belles is her first work.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Bloomsbury UK. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The sea is never far away in these narratives, sometimes as landscape—there’s a Cornish flavor to the book—at others central to events, as in the title story, which takes an abandoned wife down deep to the ocean floor.

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Diving Belles by Lucy Wood, American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones and The Passenger by Peter Wild

Jan 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Diving Belles

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and a moor where “There were hundreds of bones, heaped and leaning like the beams and joints of an abandoned mansion,” in “The Giant’s Boneyard.” Wood never pokes fun at her subjects, no matter how outlandish, treating their lives, loves, and tragedies with respect in landscapes ripe wi...

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Set on the desolate moors and ragged coastline of rural Cornwall, Lucy Wood’s debut short story collection creates a powerful patchwork of lives tangled up in the myth and folklore that surrounds them.

Jan 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Diving Belles

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Rita spends most of the day covered by the story in the company of her ex, Danny, who rings her up because his car won't start, then talks her into joining him on his viewing of a new house ("Rita listened, knowing already that she would take him to see the house, knowing that Danny knew she woul...

Mar 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Diving Belles

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