Little Black Book of Storiesby A. S. Byatt
James Tiptree, Jr. Award nominee 2004.
Like Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grownups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form.
Little Black Book of Stories offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women, childhood friends reunited by chance, venture into a dark forest where once, many years before, they saw – or thought they saw – something unspeakable. Another woman, recently bereaved, finds herself slowly but surely turning into stone. A coolly rational ob-gyn has his world pushed off-axis by a waiflike art student with her own ideas about the uses of the body. Spellbinding, witty, lovely, terrifying, the Little Black Book of Stories is Byatt at the height of her craft.
- The Thing in the Forest
- Body Art
- A Stone Woman
- Raw Material
- The Pink Ribbon
Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE (commonly known as A. S. Byatt, born 1936) is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her among their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Photo: Byatt in June 2007 in Lyon, France. Photo author: Seamus Kearney. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.
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