A new collection of short fiction by the South African author whose debut novel was praised by J. M. Coetzee as "wholly entrancing."Sheila Kohler's new stories range from a boarding school in South Africa where a pre-adolescent girl discovers her own mortality when an aging teacher attempts to seduce her, to a remote American mental hospital visited by an idealistic young psychiatrist from the city, to the South African veld where a young physician's confession to his wife of a homosexual affair leads to his death. Kohler's writing is intelligent, sensual, compassionate, always laced with irony and a subtle humor.
Author Biography: A native of South Africa, Sheila Kohler has published four novels and two previous collections of short stories. Her novel Cracks was chosen by Library Journal and Newsday as one of the best books of 1999. Presently living in New York City, she teaches at Bennington College.