Stories from Another World by Sheila Kohler

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A new collection of short fiction by the South African author whose debut novel was praised by J. M. Coetzee as "wholly entrancing."

Sheila Kohler's new stories range from a boarding school in South Africa where a pre-adolescent girl discovers her own mortality when an aging teacher attempts to seduce her, to a remote American mental hospital visited by an idealistic young psychiatrist from the city, to the South African veld where a young physician's confession to his wife of a homosexual affair leads to his death.

Kohler's writing is intelligent, sensual, compassionate, always laced with irony and a subtle humor.

 

About Sheila Kohler

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Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married, completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned an MFA in Writing at Columbia. She is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film starring Eva Green. Her work has been featured in the "New York Times, O Magazine" and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Kohler teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Ontario Review Press. 150 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “Casualty,” for example, an upper-class Frenchwoman avenges herself on her adulterous husband by taking a lover of her own—with near-tragic consequences for her child.

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In ""Luck"" (set in South Africa, as are many of these tales), a beautiful young girl (a Kohler archetype) serves as a lure for a handsome older man, delivering him to her tony, alcoholic mother (another Kohler archetype).

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In these stories and others, the fate of the main characters is left unclear, as Kohler, with mixed results, allows readers only the briefest glances into their lives.

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Austin Chronicle

Because the jacket of Sheila Kohler's new collection of short stories bears warm endorsements from Amy Tan and from J.M.

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Sheila Kohler is best known for Cracks, a brief 1999 novel widely described by critics as a Lord of the Flies with teenage girls.

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