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This Place You Return To Is Home

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Gunn, who has been called a "young master" by the "Los Angeles Times", displays her stunning gifts once again in a new collection of luminous short stories.
Published (first published 1998)
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Like an ice cube sliding down a hot surface, melting as it goes along, This Place You Return to Is Home slowly leaves a trail of raw emotion and intricate beauty.
A compilation of 11 short stories, Kristy Gunn's book explores every aspect of sadness, despair and misery. Each story is more delicate and complex than the one before - beautiful on its own, but when joined with the rest, art.

The first story begins with a mother taking her children away to the country, fleeing her modern life full of u
Gunn has a really unique style that envelops you and holds your interest. It compliments these short stories perfectly as it keeps you hooked, waiting for the resolution.
Beautiful. The best I-picked-this-up-on-a-whim read in as long as I can remember.
Lovely short stories that are still running through my mind. Enigmatic.
devastating and beautiful
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Kirsty Gunn was born in 1960 in New Zealand and educated at Queen Margaret College and Victoria University, Wellington, and at Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. After moving to London she worked as a freelance journalist.

Her fiction includes the acclaimed Rain (1994), the story of an adolescent girl and the break-up of her family, for which she won a London Arts Board Literature Award; The Ke
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“Hell, she knows why you chew your nails, why your eyes are blue one day, black the next. And all you want to do then is curl yourself with her, snug like a worm, lay your pumping head down in her lap. Have her caress you, be kind. No words because both of you are bodies, wrapping and unwrapping, there's eloquence in your embracings. Eyes closed, you realize everything you've ever wanted to say is right there.” 3 likes
“Could have been, mind you. And that's one big mother of a conditional. Because who's to say she wanted me in the same way? After all, she left me, didn't she? Maybe I didn't try too hard to get her to stay but what words are there for begging? Please? Don't go, honey? They're crippled halfwits, those sentences, and besides, who uses a lot of words in a friendship anyway? You run out of things to say pretty early on, that's my experience. Sure, you start off thick enough, so many words you could gag on them. The facts, and the sentences - and the sticky tears. Out it comes, out it all comes, the fat story of your life but before you know it you've talked your guts out and there's nothing left to say. You go to her, to confide, and choke up air.” 2 likes
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