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*** Longlisted for the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize ***
The characters in Dave Pescodâ€™s stunning first collection are united by their desire to find love. A lonely woman has developed an ingenious way to steal embraces from strangers, an immigrant struggles to find exactly the right words to say to his new girlfriend in a foreign tongue, and a wife is convinced that finding the perfect joke will cure her husbandâ€™s depression. The writing style is deceptively simple but deeply moving and the truth of these stories lingers long after the reading is done.
â€˜Shining a tender light on the human heart, these stories capture the dignity of ordinary individuals and the wonderful everydayness of love. A delight to read.â€™ â€“ Michelle Spring, Royal Literary Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge.