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Ice Cream (Paperback)

Author:  Helen Dunmore
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 080214053X
ISBN-13: 9780802140531
Sku: 33942558
Publish Date: 4/16/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  218
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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.
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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.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.
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Seventeen short stories by Helen Dunmore, author of THE SIEGE.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Sly digs at society's failings....[W]henever the commonplace and the sublime pair here, the result is absorbing." 10/15/2002

New York Times Book Review
"...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." - Sarah Ferguson 05/18/2003

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0218
Product attributePublisher:   Grove/Atlantic
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