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With a sharp and unerring eye for detail and a gift for magnifying the single moment that awakens realizations and changes lives, Kennedy's stories are like powerful small punches -- artful, compact reminders of the big and little "bads" we witness. Chance encounters, a stroke of good luck, a few words unspoken -- or spoken too freely -- such is the territory this promising Australian writer mines.
A woman watches in anguish as a dear friend in a coma slips further and further away, horrified at her inability to ascertain her friend's important last words, and worrying over them like a tongue with a sore tooth. A young boy who watches his father set things straight treads a similar path when a new neighbor crosses a line. The tight, uncomfortable wedding bands of a married couple prove an apt metaphor for the state of their union. Offended by her hapless husband's boorish companions, a young wife hatches an imaginative plan to get even. While fetching coffee, a woman watches helplessly as a stranger suffers a seizure on the sidewalk and is haunted by the man who stooped to help. These and other stories are the gemlike parts that make up the whole of Dark Roots, an arresting debut where consequences arrive unexpectedly and the simmering inner lives of men and women are no match for the outside world. (Spring 2008 Selection)