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Daddy (Hardback)

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'Brilliant' NEW YORK TIMES



'I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language' MARK HADDON



The eagerly-awaited new book by Emma Cline, author of the global phenomenon The Girls



The stories in Emma Cline's stunning first collection consider the dark corners of human experience, exploring the fault lines of power between men and women, parents and children, past and present. A man travels to his son's school to deal with the fallout of a violent attack and to make sure his son will not lose his college place. But what exactly has his son done? And who is to blame? A young woman trying to make it in LA, working in a clothes shop while taking acting classes, turns to a riskier way of making money but will be forced to confront the danger of the game she's playing. And a family coming together for Christmas struggle to skate over the lingering darkness caused by the very ordinary brutality of a troubled husband and father.



These outstanding stories examine masculinity, male power and broken relationships, while revealing - with astonishing insight and clarity - those moments of misunderstanding that can have life-changing consequences. And there is an unexpected violence, ever-present but unseen, in the depiction of the complicated interactions between men and women, and families. Subtle, sophisticated and displaying an extraordinary understanding of human behaviour, these stories are unforgettable.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 03/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781784743710  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Emma Cline is from California. Her first novel, The Girls, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the highest selling debut novel of 2016. It has been published in over 40 countries worldwide. In 2017 Emma was selected as a Granta Best Young American Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Paris Review, where she was awarded the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and have been selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Best American Short Story anthologies. Her story 'What Can You Do with a General' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019.

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Daddy, from the writer of The Girls, Emma Cline, is a collection of short stories looking at the darker corners of society, considering the power dynamic and the relationships between men and women, parents and children. Over the course of the book, we meet a film director disillusioned with fame, an absent father dealing with the fallout of a violent event at his son’s school, and the young survivor of an ambiguous sexual assault as Cline explores the frailty of human relationships and the consequences of the choices we make. I often find that a collections of short stories can be a bit hit and miss. Some authors struggle to find the correct balance between plot and brevity. Not so for Cline, who hits her stride with the stories in this collection, every story in the book was just as captivating as the last. Cline has a subtle and deft touch as a storyteller, showing a real understanding of the complexities of human behaviour through focusing on the intimacies and emotions of her characters. These short stories are never predictable, often occurring in the prelude or aftermath of a traumatic event, the narratives are all the more powerful for avoiding the obvious drama. The end result is a ceaselessly fascinating book that was utterly unputdownable!

- 03/09/2020
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