by Lionel Shriver
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Pub Date 19 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, The Borough Press
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver
‘Brilliant’ The Times
In her first ever story collection, Lionel Shriver illuminates one of the modern age’s most enduring obsessions: property.
A woman creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security.
This landmark publication explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. Immensely readable, it showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
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Average rating from 67 members
A meaty, chewy, collection well worth spending a few quid on
A collection of 10 short stories sandwiched between 2 novellas. The common thread is property, both housing and possessions.
I've read several of Lionel Shriver's novels and so was intrigued to read this collection.
These stories are sharply observed and often acerbically, wryly, funny. She seems to enjoy building with words, to the point that sentences can seem overwritten. Some of the stories are based in the UK and occasionally Shriver is upended by English idiom; "thousands of quid" stands out in 2 of the stories.
I particularly appreciated Domestic Terrorism, about a 31 year old who has failed to launch from home, or to find a job, or to fend for himself in any way. My mother has a boomerang son...
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable collection. Though I found it necessary to pause between stories to digest them.
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