Hitting Trees with Sticks

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A gifted young textile designer leaves Britain to work for a Nigerian women’s refuge, confident in the conviction that this is her one chance to make a difference; a 16-year-old accepts a low-paying job as a window-cleaner for the opportunity it affords him to peer into other people’s lives, and carefully plan his own; and a leading scientist risks his career by taking a secret lover back to his house one night, driven by a passion to share his new theory. The characters in this short story collection are ...

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Overview

A gifted young textile designer leaves Britain to work for a Nigerian women’s refuge, confident in the conviction that this is her one chance to make a difference; a 16-year-old accepts a low-paying job as a window-cleaner for the opportunity it affords him to peer into other people’s lives, and carefully plan his own; and a leading scientist risks his career by taking a secret lover back to his house one night, driven by a passion to share his new theory. The characters in this short story collection are unashamedly defiant. Buoyed by their self-belief, they enthuse, take calculated risks, and refuse to be beaten by situations. Offering an object lesson in how fine the balance can be between self-confidence and self-delusion, this compilation demonstrates how individuals, caught momentarily off-guard, drunk on the smallest drop of confidence, are ultimately brought down by their own belief in themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An engaging, serious, and gleefully ironic novel, one that leaps headlong into the most ambitious and risky territories: faith, love, and existential meaning."  —New York Times Book Review on Mr. Wroe’s Virgins

"Beautifully constructed and controlled, The Voyage Home is an absorbing, nuanced drama about moral choices and personal responsibility. . . . The compelling denouement of this resonant and richly textured novel involves sexual violence and betrayal across the generations, but ends on a tentative note of hope."  —Katie Owen, Sunday Telegraph on The Voyage Home

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905583454
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Rogers is a professor of writing at Sheffield Hallam University, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke award. She is the author of nine novels, including Mr. Wroe's Virgins, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, and The Voyage Home.

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Table of Contents

Red Enters the Eye 1

Conception 17

Morphogenesis 27

Where are You, Stevie? 39

Tale of a Naked Man 69

My Mother and her Sister 79

Saved 85

The Ghost in the Corner 97

Sports Leader 103

Kiss and Tell 113

The Disaster Equation 123

Ivory Bird 149

You Want? 157

The Anatomist's Daughters 169

The Runaway 179

Lucky 187

The Road 197

Birds of American River 201

Ped-o-Matique 211

Hitting Trees with Sticks 225

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