In Claire-Louise Bennett's shimmering debut, an unnamed young woman-wry, somewhat misanthropic, keenly observant-chronicles her life on the outskirts of a small coastal village. The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that's both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, Pond refracts the narrator's uncannily intimate experience in the details of daily life, rendered sometimes in story-like stretches, sometimes in fragments, and suffused with the almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world as we remember it from childhood. As her persona emerges in all its particularity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help seeing mirrored there our own fraught longings, our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known. Enchanting and unusual, Pond will linger long after the last page.
Claire-Louise Bennett's short fiction and essays have been published in the Moth, the Irish Times, and other publications. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013. Pond is her first book.
Lucy Rayner is an award-winning British actress who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in a number of theater productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world. She loves to tell stories and has narrated many wonderful audiobooks.
Bennett's debut is a fascinating slim volume that eschews traditional narrative conventions to offer 20 mostly linked sectionsâ€”it's impossible to classify them strictly as chapters or storiesâ€”narrated by a nameless woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. The sections vary in length, with some as short as a few sentences, and each offers the reader insight into the rather quiet life of Bennett's narrator. Instead of telling straightforward stories, she wanders in a stream of consciousness manner from one ordeal to the next: lamenting the broken knobs on her kitchen's mini-stove leads to an explanation of a novel about the last woman on Earth; deliberating over the best breakfast meals digresses into a story about gardening. The reader lives in the narrator's head, learning tangentially through her words about her failed attempt at a doctorate, her romantic life, and her unwavering fear of strangers. Yet, despite these revelations, the empty spaces of the narrator's life, left for the reader to fill in, are what make the book captivating. Never do we glean her name, or occupation, or appearance. She is a physical blank slate, there for the reader's imagination to round out. Bennett has achieved something strange, unique, and undeniably wonderful. (July)\n
Description du livre Stinging Fly Press. État : New. 2015. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. N° de réf. du libraire V9781906539450
Description du livre Stinging Fly Press, 2015. État : New. 2015. Paperback. . . . . . N° de réf. du libraire V9781906539450
Description du livre Stinging Fly Press, 2015. Paperback. État : Brand New. 148 pages. 8.43x5.28x0.47 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire __1906539456