Author(s): Janette Turner Hospital
This collection brings together in one distinguished volume a range of stories written over twenty-five years by this internationally acclaimed author. Janette Turner Hospital's sensuous prose reveals the inner lives of a fascinating gallery of characters caught between cultures. Some cross borders of class, gender and race, dislocated in unfamiliar and unpredictable physical worlds; others cross borders between the past and the present, blurring memory and perception in moments of crisis and illumination. 'If anything is capable of restoring your faith in the power of short fiction, this is it . . . there's no question this book marks Turner Hospital as one of the genre's finest exponents . . . Hospital's fiction reads like a quest for the perfectly cadenced sentence.' The Age'The best of her stories are like brief cyclones wrapped around an unexpected centre of calm.' Los Angeles Times'One of the most elegant prose styles in the business.' The Times'Sensuous, speculative fictions about the experience of dislocation . . . Stories develop like poems or meditations.' New York Times
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. She has been a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at M.I.T., Boston University, Colgate University, and Columbia University in New York. She currently mentors students and teaches one course each year as Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita at South Carolina University. She has won a numerous prizes for her nine novels and five short story collections and her work has been published in multiple foreign language collections.