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Galloway, Janice

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ISBN 10: 0679405941 / ISBN 13: 9780679405948
Published by Random House, New York, 1991
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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178 pages, SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page, with publisher's letter laid in. Very clean and tight copy. Record # 455759. Bookseller Inventory # 455759

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Title: Blood

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A collection of short stories whose main subject is fear - from the dawning terror of a child abused by her uncle to an adult's day-to-day dread of strangers. Throughout there is seen to be a constant underlying threat of violence. The author also wrote "The Trick is to Keep Breathing".

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A story collection from Scottish writer Galloway--reflecting a typically bleak late-20th-century British landscape and informing ethos--makes its American debut. Galloway writes about a sunless world of grimy streets, drunken men, and brutalized women. Many of the pieces are little more than brief sketches of a mood, place, or character; others resemble scenes from a play. All are relentlessly downbeat, even macabre. In the title story, a callous dentist dismisses a young patient after an extraction, ``with an unstoppable redness seeping through the fingers of her open mouth.'' In ``Breaking Through,'' a beloved cat is allowed to burn to death while a little girl watches; and in ``Two Fragments,'' two equally nasty explanations are given to a child for her grandmother's glass eye. Three notable pieces are: ``Later He Would Open His Eyes in a Strange Place, Wondering Where She,'' in which an elderly couple read the biography of Arthur Koestler, then decide to imitate him by committing suicide together; ``Plastering the Cracks,'' where a young woman engages some workmen but, later, eavesdropping through the wall, becomes fearful of their intentions; and ``A Week with Uncle Felix,'' in which Stenga, a withdrawn young girl unable to ask questions about her long-dead father (``You couldn't ask what he was like: that was the kind of question you never got much of an answer for. Or it got turned into something else: drunk and violent'') is abused by an elderly uncle. Powerful images and ideas in stories often too elliptical and fragmentary to engage fully. An interesting but uneven debut. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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