What shapes the way we see ourselves?
An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.
Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?
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Author: Anne Goodwin
Category: Short Stories / Literary
Release Date: November 2018
Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
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This is a varied collection which shows you different aspects of identity and what gives an individual a sense of self. You can dip into it or pick a story to read and can be sure that there will be a thought-provoking look at what it is to ‘be’. In short: Powerful writing which examines what makes a person.
– Books, Life and Everything
Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour.
– Literary Flits
I loved the way the author was willing to play around and try different techniques, including one story in second person. Highly recommended.
– Dorothy Winsor, author of The Wind Reader
To call these stories ‘psychological studies’ might not be quite accurate, but it’s close … All of them share Anne Goodwin’s perceptive, sympathetic insights.
– Our Book Reviews Online