From the award-winning author of the internationally-acclaimed novel Gilgamesh.
A young singer runs into the desert of gold rush Kalgoorlie; Chagall comes to Paris in the twenties; a hippie couple survey their ideals as Whitlam is deposed; a middle-aged man looks at his life after cancer on the eve of the millennium . . . Fourteen luminous stories from Joan London's award-winning collections, Sister Ships and Letter to Constantine, together with two later stories, span the twentieth century in a volume that is storytelling at its very best.
“London's people and their lives are real, her stories delight in the nature of 'real experience' with all its ironies, frustrations and difficulties . . . London is a lively, often funny writer”
“Part of her distinctiveness comes from the uncluttered ambience that allows characters room to interact with fluidity and subtlety . . . the effects here are so finely polished as to work subliminally”
New York Times Book Review
“At once singular and precise, anchored in the moment or the place or in the senses, these stories of outpost, exile and absence keep summoning up larger meanings”
“London's images are crystalline, her prose precise, musical and stylish. Her stories intrigue, mystify, then flower in the mind into a multitude of allusions, a web of connections, a dream-like gloss to our own more mundane reality”
“Joan London's sentences are seductive, beautiful; the language is simple, strong and precise . . . the characters charm and fascinate, and the situations and events are sharp and haunting”
Australian Book Review