Married Love: And Other Stories

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Married Love is a masterful collection of short fiction from one of today’s most accomplished storytellers. These tales showcase the qualities for which Tessa Hadley has long been praised: her humor, warmth, and psychological acuity; her powerful, precise, and emotionally dense prose; her unflinching examinations of family relationships. Here are stories that range widely across generations and classes, exploring the private and public lives of unforgettable characters: a young girl who haunts the edges of her parents’ party; a wife released by the sudden death of her film-director husband; an eighteen-year-old who insists on marrying her music professor, only to find herself shut out from his secrets. In this stunning collection, Hadley evokes worlds that expand in the imagination far beyond the pages, capturing domestic dramas, generational sagas, wrenching love affairs and epiphanies, and distilling them to remarkable effect.

About the Author

Tessa Hadley is the author of four highly praised novels: Accidents in the Home, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award; Everything Will Be All Right; The Master Bedroom; The London Train, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and a previous collection of stories, Sunstroke, also a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Praise for Married Love: And Other Stories…

‚eoeFilled with exquisitely calibrated gradations and expressions of class, conducted with symphonic intensity and complexity‚e¶.[An] understatedly beautiful collection‚e¶.Extraordinarily well-made.‚e
-Stacey D'Erasmo, New York Times Book Review

‚eoeHadley‚e(TM)s best felt as she teases out the often dangerous crackles in the air and cracks in the heart. There‚e(TM)s a louche tautness to her prose...‚e
-Helen Davies, Sunday Times (London)

‚eoe[Hadley‚e(TM)s stories] are often like movie clips of lives in transit, their small shifts of focus yielding up flashes of psychological insight. . . . Hadley excels at the domestic context, at pinpointing the particular quiddity on which an individual character turns; at marking the tiny swings of allegiance in human relationships.‚e
-Rachel Hore, The Independent

‚eoeOne of the most interesting writer around....This collection shows a writer quietly growing in style, perception and grace. She conveys to the reader that rare ability to see completely into someone else‚e(TM)s head.‚e
-Philip Womack, The Spectator

‚eoeOnly Alice Munro and Colm T√≥ibin, among all the working short story writer I‚e(TM)m aware of, are so adept at portraying whole lives in a few thousand words. With Married Love, Hadley joins their company as one of the most clear-sighted chroniclers of contemporary emotional journeys.‚e
-Edmund Gordon, The Guardian

‚eoeDomestic relationships are the stuff of these delightfully understated, tightly sprung stories.‚e
-Fanny Blake, Woman and Home

‚eoeMarried Love‚e¶could more accurately be described as a concentration, not a collection, of short stories. The stories here are, in effect, a dozen novels in miniature....There is a grand sweep and an emotional charge that brings to mind DH Lawrence.‚e
-Elena Seymenliyska, Daily Telegraph (London)

‚eoeThere is not a lot of domestic bliss to be found in these finely rendered stories, but there are many small moments of everyday life made recognizable by an exceptional storyteller. Highly recommended.‚e
-Library Journal

‚eoeA subtly incisive vision and the ability to conjure full fictional scenarios in limited spaces characterize the new collection by a noted British writer‚e¶.Shrewd, insightful, unpredictable, Hadley‚e(TM)s stories successfully plumb the complicated daily deeps.‚e

‚eoeHadley‚e(TM)s command of the telling detail, the unspoken riposte, and the subtle interpersonal struggles that fuel everyday human actions infuses this collection with both saucy fire and sobering fatalism.‚e

‚eoeHadley excels at the poignantly comic scene and the dangling ending that somehow still satisfies. These 12 touching tales showcase her gifts.‚e
-Meredith Maran, People (3 Ĺ stars)

‚eoeHer talent is to take these small details of everyday life and build them into stirring narratives‚e¶.Hadley gives space to the smallest emotional currents, allowing them to expand.‚e
-Susannah Meadows, New York Times

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062135643
ISBN-13: 9780062135643
Published: Harper Perennial, 11/01/2012
Pages: 240
Language: English