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Stolen Pleasures

Selected Stories of Gina Berriault

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July 1, 2011 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.2, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781582437408
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"[Berriault's] legacy involves both a piercing sense of observation and a recognition of the whims of fate... Berriault never loses sight of the power of imagination, which, even if only for a moment, can transform our lives." —Los Angeles Times

Gina Berriault was one of the great, rare masters of short fiction. With commendable restraint and economy, she delivered stories that contain entire worlds inhabited by a range of characters thrown into all kinds of unsettling predicaments. As a short story writer she had a gift for tapping into the emotions of love, hope, and grief, and for making them palpable within her narratives. No two of her stories are alike, except for in the inevitable disquiet the reader feels in their wake, the exquisite unease that remains at the end of such acclaimed tales as “The Cove,” “The Stone Boy,” and many others.

Now, in this compelling posthumous collection, Berriault’s astonishing short fiction once again proves that her position as one of America’s best storytellers remains unchallenged.

GINA BERRIAULT was the author of four novels, three earlier short story collections, and several screenplays. One of the most celebrated short story writers in her lifetime, she was the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and a Commonwealth Gold Medal for Literature. She died in 1999.

LEONARD GARDNER (editor) is a novelist and screenwriter. His novel Fat City was made into a film by John Huston and is recognized as a classic American novel. He lived with Gina Berriault for many years.

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“[Berriault’s] legacy involves both a piercing sense of observation and a recognition of the whims of fate… Berriault never loses sight of the power of imagination, which, even if only for a moment, can transform our lives.” —Los Angeles Times

“No two of the stories is alike and each taps into the fundamental emotions that drive our lives.” —Bookviews

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