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The Selected Stories of Janet Frame

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December 14, 2010 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582436203
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“Janet Frame proves the master of nostalgia, beauty, and loss. Frame is, and will remain, divine.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

The most comprehensive selection of Janet Frame’s stories ever published, this exceptional collection has been chosen from the four different volumes released during her lifetime. Featuring the best of her stories, the book includes pieces that were written over four decades, including stories from her debut collection, The Lagoon and Other Stories. First published in 1951, those stories were written while Frame was confined in a mental hospital. When the collection won the Hubert Church Award, Frame was spared a controversial brain operation.

The stories in this new book also include selections from You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, published in the 1980s after a hiatus from writing. As the last stories she published before her death, her writings from this time reveal Frame’s unflinching ability to explore the drama of madness, isolation, and identity.

This new book also includes five short stories that have not been collected before, completing a volume that testifies to the brilliance of Janet Frame’s life and literary talent.

JANET FRAME is an award-winning author New Zealand novelist, short-story writer, and poet. Her memoir An Angel at My Table was adapted into a movie by Jane Campion. Frame died in 2004.


“Whether she’s writing about the wild, the magic of movies, a man obsessed with electricity, or the decision to stop absorbing news of the world, Frame is mythic, slyly funny, and psychologically dead-on. And just as wryly critical of herself as of others, most astringently in “Prizes,” a tale about the intrusiveness of success. Laced with startling observations and leaps of the imagination, Frame’s gracefully excoriating stories are iridescently alive.” —Booklist

“Often melancholy but containing wonderful detail, imagery, and emotion, her works cover a wide range of topics like childhood, madness, relationships, identity, and more. Many of the stories are two-page shorts, a testament to Frame’s skill in concision and economy of language.” —Library Journal

“Janet Frame proves the master of nostalgia, beauty, and loss. Frame is, and will remain, divine.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

“A poetic soul has rarely come better disguised.” —Jane Campion, director of An Angel at My Table

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