In this collection of short stories, Peter Cameron describes lives of quiet desperation: people trapped in unfulfilling commitments, overcome by their own indifference, confronted with life's inevitable changes. With remarkable grace, acuity, and humor, he examines the small dramas of ordinary life and brilliantly captures the serene poignancy of daily struggles.
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For the past decade, Peter Cameron has been increasingly esteemed as one of the most accomplished practitioners of the short story. The 18 stories in The Half You Don't Know support this view. They are culled from two earlier collections, both now out of print, plus two new stories. Cameron's fiction is smart and delicate. He is an attentive and keen observer of the half-hidden, domestic world that most of us take for granted. He has an ear for what is deeply felt but left unsaid.From Kirkus Reviews:
It used to be that authors didn't gather what they considered to be the best of their short fiction together until the twilight of their career. Given the fact that Cameron is still relatively young and has published just two volumes of short fiction (One Way or Another, 1986, and Far-Flung, 1991), the need for a compilation (with the addition of two previously uncollected stories) seems decidedly unclear. The case isn't helped by the fact that these 19 stories, taken together, reveal a sameness of tone and a reliance on style over content. There's no question that Cameron is an elegant, precise stylist: His new novel, Andorra (p. 1482), exhibits a masterfully nuanced prose. In that work, and in some of the tales here, including ``Homework'' and ``Slowly,'' there's considerable intense emotion as well. Overall, though, the work in Cameron's first two collections isn't varied enough, in its characters, dramatic intentions, or settings, to require this ambitious repackaging. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Plume, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0452277329
Descrizione libro Plume, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0452277329
Descrizione libro Plume, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110452277329