Indelible Acts by A. L. Kennedy

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The love story (as well as the story of love lost, obsessed over, or longed for) gets a complete and thrilling renovation at the hands of the most virtuosic literary stylist to appear in the British Isles since Jeanette Winterson. A. L. Kennedy’s men and women huddle in foreign hotel rooms, immobilized by travel-sickness and betrayal. They plan seductions on the line at a cheese shop. They’re undone by a passing embrace in the office men’s room. Their passion is so urgent and imperious that it invades the stories they tell their children.

By turns chaste and ferociously sexy, funny and unbearably sad, every story in Indelible Acts is a testament to the lengths to which desire drives us. And all are marked by Kennedy’s wisdom and humanity, and language that captures the briefest tremor of the infatuated heart.

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About A. L. Kennedy

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A. L. Kennedy has published four previous novels, one book of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories, Indelible Acts. She has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a number of prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book fo the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at St. Andrews.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Indelible Acts by AL Kennedy Jonathan Cape £12.99, pp211 It is, in all honesty, something of a relief to see AL Kennedy's name on the front of a collection of short stories as opposed to the handspan-sized novels which she has been thumping out.

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In this latest book, Indelible Acts , it shouldn't be surprising, then, that the "indelible act" of the title story is on the one hand the physical, sadomasochistic pain that makes the act of love properly unforget table for its narrator, and on the other the act of writing: the unsent letters t...

Oct 12 2002 | Read Full Review of Indelible Acts: Stories

Publishers Weekly

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A longing for connection is masked by ironic detachment in these 12 bracing, unsentimental stories by award-winning Scottish writer Kennedy (Everything You Need, etc.).

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Entertainment Weekly

John -- depressed school janitor by day, magician by night -- lusts after a new teacher behind his wife's back.

Jun 27 2003 | Read Full Review of Indelible Acts: Stories

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