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Dark Roots Stories by Cate Kennedy

Dark Roots Stories

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Dark Roots Stories by Cate Kennedy

From the strains of a dissolving relationship, to the ripple effect of a chance encounter, the characters in Cate Kennedy's Dark Roots all hover at tipping points in their lives. Whether it's a woman helplessly watching her beloved partner slip away from her into a coma; a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his brutish, shamelessly lecherous friends; or a married couple who come to realize that their too-tight wedding rings aren't the only things that are stuck in their relationship, each must make a choice and none is without consequence. Dark Roots reveals the regrets, successes and unintended ironies that result from the coincidences that propel our lives. It is a bravura collection, by turns moving, richly comic and, above all, unerringly human.


'An intelligent, well-crafted collection... Kennedy pens terrific stories about personal tragedies and the miseries of relationships... These stories are narrated with confidence and grace, and switch with ease from a 10-year-old boy's voice to a grieving young woman's... Kennedy is an exceptional writer.'
Sunday Herald

* 'Too good to put down.
Nikki Gemmell

* 'Note-perfect, ironic, mischievous stories.... Each is - like the greatest short stories - a whole world rendered into a bouillon cube.' - Kate Saunders, The Times * 'A sharp, assured voice and wise closing sentences... Imaginative language and lyrical paragraphs... An accomplished set of stories that will be read for a long time to come. - Theresa Munoz, Sunday Herald * 'Australia new and old, urban and rural is the subject of Cate Kennedy's compassionate, award-winning first collection... These are precisely observed pieces, deserving of a wide audience.' - Catherine Taylor, Guardian * 'Fabulous... touching and memorable... Kennedy is a caring, intelligent observer.' - San Francisco Chronicle * 'A polished collection.' - Elle

About the Author

Cate Kennedy's first book, the acclaimed short story collection Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She is also the author of the travel memoir Sing and Don't Cry: A Mexican Journal and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. The World Beneath is her first novel.

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Publication date

1st August 2011


Cate Kennedy

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Atlantic Books


192 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories



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