Field Study by Rachel SEIFFERT

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Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room, powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this dazzling and haunting group of stories. Set against immense political upheaval, or evoking the intimate struggles between men and women, parents and children, this astonishing collection charts our desire for love, our fragility, and our strength. From the title piece, in which a young biologist conceals his discoveries at a polluted river from a local woman, to the family aided by an enemy in “The Crossing,” to the old man weighing his regrets in “Francis John Jones, 1924–” Seiffert’s acclaimed, refined prose movingly captures the lives of her characters in their most essential, secret moments.

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About Rachel SEIFFERT

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Rachel Seiffert’s The Dark Room won a Betty Trask Award and the Los Angeles Times’ s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Seiffert has also received a David T. K. Wong award from PEN International. After living in Scotland and Germany, she now resides in London.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The present-tense sentence fragment returns in the title story of this sheaf of 11 pieces: “Summer and the third day of Martin’s field study.” Light and inconclusive, it tells of an American student working on his Ph.D.

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The Guardian

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But there's nothing frail about Field Study, which is immensely strong and proves in itself the happiest of outcomes - good story begetting good story after good story.

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Entertainment Weekly

All these have left the mark of compromise on him.'' Indeed, Seiffert's Study is fascinated by the marks of compromise on people, including a grad student in search of toxins who befriends a potentially contaminated local mother and son, a hairdresser trying to come to terms with her unlovabl...

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Austin Chronicle

I found my eyes glazing over descriptions of the beekeeper's "elderberries, wild garlic, nuts, and mushrooms," although I was fascinated by the fictionalized memoir of the English World War II veteran who abandoned his battalion while on a critical offensive against the Germans in Italy.

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