The One That Got Away by Zoe Wicomb
Short Stories

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The appearance of Zoë Wicomb’s first set of short stories, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, precipitated the founding of a fan club that has come to include Toni Morrison, J.M. Coetzee, Bharati Mukherjee, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and writers at The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Christian Science Monitor. Now, after two novels, Wicomb returns to the genre that first brought her international acclaim.

Set mostly in Cape Town and Glasgow, Wicomb’s new collection of short stories straddles dual worlds. An array of characters drawn with extraordinary acuity inhabits a complexly interconnected, twenty-first-century universe. The fourteen stories in this collection explore a range of human relationships: marriage, friendship, family ties, and relations with those who serve us. Wicomb’s fluid, shifting technique questions conventional certainties and makes for exhilarating reading, full of ironic twists, ambiguities, and moments of startling insight.

Long awaited, The One That Got Away showcases this established, award-winning author at the height of her powers.
 

About Zoe Wicomb

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Wicomb was born and raised in South Africa. After 20 years in Britain she returned to South Africa in the early 1990's to teach at the University of Western Cape. She currently teaches at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
 
Published April 21, 2009 by New Press, The. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A native South African who now lives and teaches in Scotland, Wicomb (Playing in the Light, 2006, etc.) employs both Cape Town and Glasgow as settings, most often both in the same tale.

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South African–born Wicomb's second collection subtly portrays the shifting relations among family, friends and servants in a transformed South Africa.

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