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Questions and Answers is a collection of thirteen contemporary stories about men's relationships with women. Most of the stories are written from a male perspective and encompass many of the emotions that men feel but seldom talk about. Dan in 'Highlands' runs away from a cycle of failed love-affairs to the mountains of Ethiopia; Robbie in 'Bleed' struggles with the ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Createspace
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Abbey
May 27, 2015 Abbey rated it it was amazing
This collection is incredibly well written, and I greatly appreciate the subtle differences in reading relationship stories through a male point of view. The collection generally read smoothly from each to the next, barring the ones where I didn't want to end. Holden has a gift of making your emotions turn on their head with each turn of the page. The stories were varied and enjoyable. My favourites were Highlands, The Dog Group, Will's Secret and Bleed. With Highlands, I really didn't want the ...more
E
Apr 03, 2016 E rated it really liked it
It's kind of odd - short stories are my favourite medium to write. I love writing them, love the constraints of word limits and fitting so many subtleties into such a short space. I love breaking the normal rules of beginning-middle-end and the creation of back stories that only get hinted at. I love making twists that leave you gasping.

But, I'm not that keen on reading them. (Does that make me some kind of hypocrite?)

This collection was an exception. As promised, they were "love stories but, un
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Liznemeth
Feb 22, 2014 Liznemeth rated it it was amazing
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I won this novel through Good Reads First Reads and it was among the most enjoyable read I’ve received to date.
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'Please, sit down next to me, I'm going to tell you something about Life' - and every evening, before night, I got a story to think about. In these stories there were fragile and strong characters, strange and ordinary places, easy and unbearable happenings - but the voice of the narration was clear, reassuring, at some points it was thrilling like a good crime story - never the same a
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Kasia James
Mar 03, 2014 Kasia James rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win a copy of 'Questions and Answers' through Goodreads.
This is a genuinely interesting collection of short stories - they are varied in style and form, and orbit around the theme of relationships, especially those which are a little ambiguous or unsteady.
The rhythm of the stories are well balanced throughout the book, and they are a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I was a little confused by the blurb which says that the stories are 'unusually, written from a male perspective', b
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Claudia
May 08, 2014 Claudia rated it really liked it
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An enjoyable collection of short stories about relationships and the questions that come with them. The flow of his story was beautiful with bits of humour, love and some sadness thrown in leaving you having experienced a tirade of different feelings by the end of the book. I'm not sure if I'd agree that from a male perspective constitutes a "unique perspective" however each story was well thought out enticing me to complete and savour each as a seperate and the book as a whole.

I won this book
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