Little Black Book of Stories

Little Black Book of Stories

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Like Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grownups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form.

Little Black Book of Stories offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women, childhood friends reunited by chance, venture into a dark forest where once, many years before, they saw-or thought they saw-something unspeakable. Another woman, recently bereaved, finds herself slowly but surely turning into stone. A coolly rational ob-gyn has his world pushed off-axis by a waiflike art student with her own ideas about the uses of the body. Spellbinding, witty, lovely, terrifying, the Little Black Book of Stories is Byatt at the height of her craft.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400075607
1400075602
9781400041770
1400041775
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 20 cm

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Harriet_the_Spy Oct 05, 2010

These stories are disturbing, some of them quite creepy, but Byatt is a master of the short story form and they are well worth reading. They are even strangely uplifting in a way, as if confronting life's demons takes away some of their power. For those that like good, dark stories, these are some of the best.

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