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  1. Black Glass: Short Fictions
    Black Glass: Short Fictions
    Black Glass: Short Fictions
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  2. Black Glass: Short Fictions

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    Customer Ratings (32 reviews)
    Price R275.00

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An early work from PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Man Booker finalist Karen Joy Fowler, reissued and beautifully repackaged for new fans and old.
First published in 1998 to high praise, and now reissued with the addition of a prefatory essay, Black Glass showcases the extraordinary talents of this prizewinning author. In fifteen gemlike tales, Fowler lets her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down—pushing us to reconsider our unquestioned verities and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers.

So, then: Here is Carry Nation loose again, breaking up discos, smashing topless bars, radicalizing women as she preaches clean living to men more intent on babes and booze. And here is Mrs. Gulliver, her patience with her long-voyaging Lemuel worn thin: Money is short and the kids can’t even remember what their dad looks like. And what of Tonto, the ever-faithful companion, turning forty without so much as a birthday phone call from that masked man?
It is a book full of great themes and terrific stories—but it is the way in which Fowler tells the tale, develops plot and character, plays with time, chance, and reality that makes these pieces so original.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) In this collection, Karen Joy Fowler certainly provides variety. We have, for instance, a story about Albert Einstein and the daughter whose existence recently came to light with a series of letters. There is the science-fiction account of women living in Berkeley in the 1960s, an account that owes more to women's studies than to science fiction. There is the Shirley Jackson-like story of a woman whose son's trivia questions lead her to imagine a scenario that somehow bleeds into real life.

I think the best part of the collection is the variety, but not just the variety in terms of subject matter. The stories are as short as four pages and as long as 50 or more. The forms are varied as well. Some have fairly traditional narration while others vary the form considerably. And throughout, there seems to be a focus on those who don't quite fit in, who exist on the margins. You may not like all 15 stories (I didn't), but if you are a serious reader and enjoy stories that... Read more
Probably really good, but just not my style of stories. I guess I don't really like short stories. I'll have to remember that !
I really enjoyed the plot twists and the connections to history.
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