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Between My Father and the King

New and Uncollected Stories

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May 13, 2014 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781619023208
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"These stories—with themes of despair, disappointment, and wonder, underscored by Frame's melancholy and vivid turns of phrase—are beautifully rendered." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This brand new collection of 28 short stories spans the length of Frame’s career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories have been published in a collection before, and more than half are published for the first time in Between My Father and the King.

The piece “Gorse is Not People” caused Frame a setback in 1954, when Charles Brasch rejected it for publication in Landfall and, along with others for one reason or other, deliberately remained unpublished during her lifetime. Previously published pieces have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, the NZ Listener, the New Zealand School Journal, Landfall, and The New Yorker over the years, and one otherwise unpublished piece, “The Gravy Boat,” was read aloud by Frame for a radio broadcast in 1953.

In these stories readers will recognize familiar themes, scenes, characters and locations from Frame’s writing and life, and each offers a fresh fictional transformation that will captivate and absorb.

JANET FRAME was one of New Zealand’s most distinguished writers. She is best known for An Angel at My Table, which the Sunday Times of London called “one of the great autobiographies written in the twentieth century,” and inspired Jane Campion’s internationally acclaimed film. Throughout her long career, Frame received a wide range of awards, including every literary prize for which she was eligible in New Zealand, honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Literature. For more information, visit www.janetframe.org.nz.

Praise

“This new collection of 28 short stories that span [Frame’s] career (many of which have never been published) showcases her extraordinary gifts as an imaginative storyteller with a singular viewpoint… These stories—with themes of despair, disappointment, and wonder, underscored by Frame’s melancholy and vivid turns of phrase—are beautifully rendered.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A powerful collection.” —Kirkus

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