The Resource Cockfosters : stories, Helen Simpson

Cockfosters : stories, Helen Simpson

Label
Cockfosters : stories
Title
Cockfosters
Title remainder
stories
Statement of responsibility
Helen Simpson
Creator
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A wickedly wry, tender new collection from one of our finest internationally acclaimed short story writers. Nine virtuoso stories that take up the preoccupations and fixations of time's passing and of middle age and that take us from today's London and Berlin to the wild west of the USA and the wilder shores of Mother Russia; stories finely balanced between devastation and optimism. In the title story, long-ago school pals take the London Underground to the end of the Piccadilly line--Cockfosters Station--to retrieve a lost pair of newly prescribed bifocals ("The worst thing about needing glasses is the bumbling," says Julie. "I've turned into a bumbler overnight. Me! I run marathons!"); each station stop prompting reflections on their shared past, present, and possible futures. In "Erewhon," a gender-role flip: after having sex with his wife, who has turned over and instantly fallen asleep, a man lies awake fretting about his body shape, his dissatisfaction with sex, his children, his role in the marriage. In "Kythera," lemon drizzle cake is a mother's ritual preparation for her (now grown) daughter's birthday as she conjures up memories of all the birthday cakes she has made for her, each one more poignant than the last; this new cake becoming a memento mori, an act of love, and a symbol of transformation... And in "Berlin," a fiftysomething couple on a "Ring package" to Germany spend four evenings watching Wagner's epic, recalling their life together, reckoning with the husband's infidelity, the wife noting the similarity between their marriage and the Ring Cycle itself: "I'm glad I stuck it out but I'd never want to sit through it again.""--
  • "Helen Simpson's sixth collection of short stories"--
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TLC
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1957-
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Simpson, Helen
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6069.I4226
LC item number
A6 2017
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
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  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Target audience
adult
Label
Cockfosters : stories, Helen Simpson
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Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780451493088
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
4396A83D-F8AE-4CFA-87D4-9A0818FCE6A6
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989518558
  • (TLC)erc0000551168
Label
Cockfosters : stories, Helen Simpson
Link
Publication
Note
Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780451493088
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
4396A83D-F8AE-4CFA-87D4-9A0818FCE6A6
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989518558
  • (TLC)erc0000551168

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