Ice Cream (Paperback) - Dunmore, Helen

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With Ice Cream, her first story collection published in the United States, award-winning New York Times notable author of The Siege and A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore confirms her status as a world-class storyteller. In each taut, agile tale, characters negotiate situations that are often both mundane and bizarre: a cafeteria cook confronts her Polish pen pal; a divorced mother gains insight from a parking meter; a beautiful, thin, and famous woman succumbs to the lure of comfort food. In several stories a soulful, curious woman named Ulli takes up residence in the reader's imagination -- stumbling across a strange collector of religious icons, contemplating a youthful pregnancy, and remembering a troubled lover. In Ice Cream, Dunmore reveals both her poet's ear for the concise and piercing potentialities of language and the novelist's ambition of scope.

Specifications

Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802140531
SKU 33942558
Format Paperback
ISBN10 080214053X
Release Date 4/16/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Praise
"Sly digs at society's failings....[W]henever the commonplace and the sublime pair here, the result is absorbing."
"...Dunmore's carefully observed stories demonstrate her ear for language and her eye for the telling moment; at times, though, these brief works can seem not so much concise as disappointingly slight. The best have an unexpected twist....[R]esonant language helps compensate for the unevenness of the stories, some of which aren't much more than vignettes. And they suggest that Dunmore may be more comfortable...when she allows her inventive imagery to flourish within a longer narrative."
From the Publisher
Annotation Seventeen short stories by Helen Dunmore, author of THE SIEGE.
Editors Note In a first collection to be published in the United States, a cafeteria cook confronts her Polish pen pal, a divorced mother gains insight from a parking meter, a thin celebrity gives in to the lure of comfort food, and a soulful woman contemplates a youthful pregnancy and remembers a troubled lover. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 In a first collection to be published in the United States, a cafeteria cook confronts her Polish pen pal, a divorced mother gains insight from a parking meter, a thin celebrity gives in to the lure of comfort food, and a soulful woman contemplates a youthful pregnancy and remembers a troubled lover. Reprint.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0218
Publisher Grove/Atlantic
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