Stories Between Two Novellas
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A striking new collection of ten short stories and two novellas that explores the idea of property in every meaning of the word, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin.Intermingling settings in America and Britain, Lionel Shrivers first collection explores property in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Lionel Shrivers world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.In the stunning novella "e;The Standing Chandelier,"e; a woman with a history of attracting other womens antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his fianceonly to discover that the jealous fiance wants to cut her out of their lives. In "e;Domestic Terrorism,"e; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a millennial cause clbre. In "e;The ChapStick,"e; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In "e;Vermin,"e; an artistic Brooklyn couples purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once-passionate relationship. In "e;The Subletter,"e; two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over a claim to a territory that doesnt belong to either.Exhibiting a satisfying thematic unity unusual for a collection, this masterful work showcases the biting insight that has made Shriver one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.