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Pond by [Bennett, Claire-Louise]
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Length: 205 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Bennett's debut is a fascinating slim volume that eschews traditional narrative conventions to offer 20 mostly linked sections—it's impossible to classify them strictly as chapters or stories—narrated by a nameless woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. The sections vary in length, with some as short as a few sentences, and each offers the reader insight into the rather quiet life of Bennett's narrator. Instead of telling straightforward stories, she wanders in a stream of consciousness manner from one ordeal to the next: lamenting the broken knobs on her kitchen's mini-stove leads to an explanation of a novel about the last woman on Earth; deliberating over the best breakfast meals digresses into a story about gardening. The reader lives in the narrator's head, learning tangentially through her words about her failed attempt at a doctorate, her romantic life, and her unwavering fear of strangers. Yet, despite these revelations, the empty spaces of the narrator's life, left for the reader to fill in, are what make the book captivating. Never do we glean her name, or occupation, or appearance. She is a physical blank slate, there for the reader's imagination to round out. Bennett has achieved something strange, unique, and undeniably wonderful. (July)

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'This is an extraordinary collection of short stories - profoundly original though not eccentric, sharp and tender, funny and deeply engaging. A very new sort of writing, Bennett pushes the boundaries of the short story out into new territory: part prose fiction, part stream of consciousness, often truly poetry and always an acute, satisfying, delicate, honest meditation on both the joys and frustrations of a life fully lived in solitude. Take it slowly, because it is worth it, and be impressed and joyful.'- Sara Maitland, author of A Book of Silence; 'I'd heard more good whispers about Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett than almost any other debut this year so, by the time I read it, expectations were high and - as it turned out - not disappointed. These stories are intelligent and funny, innovative and provocative, and it's impossible to read them without thinking that here is a writer who has only just begun to show what she can do.' - Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing; 'Wielding a wry but implacable logic, Claire-Louse Bennett dives under the surface of "ordinary" experiences and things to reveal their supreme and giddy illogic. Like Gail Scott and Lydia Davis before her, she writes an impeccable affect-less prose that almost magically arrives at something extraordinary.' - Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick; 'Claire-Louise Bennett is a major writer to be discovered and treasured.' - Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home; 'As brilliant a debut and as distinct a voice as we've heard in years-this is a real writer with the real goods.' - Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane

Product details

  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (July 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017SCQKW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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