Original Bliss - A. L. Kennedy (Paperback)

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The stories collected in Original Bliss are concerned, appropriately, with the complexities of sex and the lack of it. She can't find it at home, with the violent, deadly Mr Brindle, but will she find it in Stuttgart when she meets the enigmatic Edward E.

Product Details

Barcode
9780099730712
Department
Books
Released
1 Jan 1998
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
A. L. Kennedy
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Vintage
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
198 x 131 x 20mm (232g)

Summary

"Kennedy is a world class writer."--The New York Times Book Review

A brilliant American debut from one of Scotland's most acclaimed writers, named by Granta as one of the Twenty Best Young British Novelists.

Emotionally numb, crippled with insomnia, and caught in a frightening, abusive marriage, Helen Brindle believes that God has recently left her. She spends her days performing banal domestic chores in front of a blaring television. On the BBC one day she watches a self-help guru expound on, among other things, the "rules" of masturbation and the importance of "interior lives." Edward G. Gluck, she discovers has developed a program that guides lost souls toward contentment. Helen seeks him out, hoping to find an answer. Instead she discovers Gluck's own sadomasochistic obsession, and his profound shame and disgust. And what they both encounter, painfully, is the love each fears and both yearn to embrace.

"A darkly comic tale.... [that] is hilariously funny about sexual obsession and brilliantly perceptive about the dynamics of human relationships."--The Baltimore Sun

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction Short Stories
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / General
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
BIC Classification 2
Short stories
Library Subject 1
Erotic stories, English
Library Subject 2
Scotland
Library Subject 3
English fiction
Dewey Classification
823.914
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards - including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.