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by Gail Jones
In this arresting and richly imaginative collection of twelve stories, Gail Jones explores the role of obsession -- the inescapable loves and torments she calls fetishes -- in the lives of both the famous and the ordinary. Structured around a series of lyrical echoes and repeated images, her stories weave fact and speculation to recreate little-known events in the lives of...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by George Braziller
(first published March 1st 1997)
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These are fascinating portraits of little known moments in famous authors' lives, sometimes imagined, sometimes juxtaposed with a fictional or maybe real character in present time. Gail Jones's style has been compared to Virginia Woolf, with good reason. I loved the description of a disputed photo of Walt Whitman, in contrast with the many staged photos he sat for: "In this photograph, the old man is himself, elemental. He is no more modest than immodest: old age superbly rising! He looks direct...more
Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels BLACK MIRROR, SIXTY LIGHTS, DREAMS OF SPEAKING and SORRY. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold...moreMore about Gail Jones...