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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hospital's characters are exiles who share an intimate knowledge of dislocation, whether in culture, geography, or self-understanding.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published 1987 by University of Queensland Press (first published September 6th 1986)
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A delightful collection of short stories by a writer I have met, but hadn't read until now. I particularly liked those stories that brought in elements of immigrant experience. She has a wealth of diversity in her own background, which allows her to come from many angles. Most of the stories are more like character sketches, built around some interesting or unusual (and often quite usual) activities or life experiences. Some are hard, as perhaps that of a women suffering from serious burns. I li ...more
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Jul 07, 2008 Nancy McClure rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all disgruntled romantics (esp. expats)
Liked this. Short stories, each well crafted and quietly controvertial (not unlike myself!) I probably identified with each piece a *BIT* more than I should.....
Apr 28, 2012 Jocelyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jocelyn by: Mum
A great collection of short stories. Many centre on death and loss.
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Born in 1942, Janette Turner Hospital grew up on the steamy sub-tropical coast of Australia in the north-eastern state of Queensland. She began her teaching career in remote Queensland high schools, but since her graduate studies she has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France and the United States.

Her first published short story appeared in the Atlantic Monthly (USA) where i
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