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Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
  

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Displaying a light deftness of touch while highlighting a contorted darkness, these eleven short stories emphasise the more twisted and melancholy side of relationships. Plaintive hearts and minds, often shying away from reality, appear to be continuously searching for that illusive creature happiness. The author has the ability to describe both commitment and deception, with wit, compassion and consideration. Three of the stories contain the same characters, an interesting variation to the other tales that adds a little pop of anticipation as their lives unfold. The title is misleading, however ironic it may feel once you start to read these stories, it also feels strangely sincere. ~ Liz Robinson

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Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

'Katherine Heiny's work does something magical: elevates the mundane so that it has the stakes of a mystery novel, gives women's interior lives the gravity they so richly deserve - and makes you laugh along the way' Lena Dunham In the title story, we meet Maya, who is torn between her wryly funny boyfriend and the allure of her veterinarian. In Andorra, a woman's lover calls her every Thursday as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counselling. How to Give the Wrong Impression shows us a woman pining for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tell her that her palm is sweaty. In The Dive Bar a girl agrees to have a drink with her married lover's wife. Revisiting Maya in several stories, chronicling her various states of love, this is a collection about how we are unfaithful to each other, both wilfully and unwittingly. Populated with unwelcome house guests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and flirtatious older men, the stories are emotionally astute, sexy, and disarming-and they introduce us to a tart, and marvellous, new voice.

Reviews

'Adulterers, platonic roommates, and suburban neurotics have never been more relatable'
US Vogue

'A wry, bittersweet debut ... like Cheever mixed with Ephron'
New York Times Book Review

'Lorrie Moore's influence is palpable ... these enjoyable stories mark the arrival of an accomplished voice.'
Independent

'No matter how good you imagine it is, it's better'
Glamour US

'The stories, which read like Woody Allen meets Candace Bushnell, can be fascinatingly sleazy. But they are always funny'
Daily Mail

About the Author

Katherine Heiny's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children. This is her first book.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th January 2016

Author

Katherine Heiny

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9780008105549

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