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A ‘compulsively readable’ (Elle) collection of stories, full of passion and intelligence.

A collection of stories, full of passion and intelligence, from the author of the international bestseller SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY.

Passionate, witty, vulnerable, honest - these are the distinctive features of the stories in this collection from the internationally bestselling author of THREE DOLLARS and SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY. Elliot Perlman's clever and thoughtful tales explore the complex worlds of lovers, poets, lawyers, immigrants, students and murderers; the corporate betrayals, the lost opportunities, the hopes, the fears and the vagaries of desire.


‘Stunning,... by turns hilarious and heartbreaking.’ -- THE BALTIMORE SUN

‘Carefully imagined, entirely believable... Perlman manages to pack whole lives into a few paragraphs.. Perlman’s plots seem effortless, which makes his surprises all the more affecting.’ -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Editors’ Choice)

‘These stories are like walking down the hallway of an old hotel and eavesdropping on sad confessions. It’s hard not to be moved ... These stories are love letters, really, and their protagonist, we come to learn, is none other than the human heart.’ -- THE WASHINGTON POST

‘Invigorating stories... enlivened by Perlman’s intelligence, verbal energy, and mischievous wit.’ -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (US)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 3, 2011

    Vintage Australia

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    September 28, 2011

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
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    • Kobo Ebook
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    • eBooks

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