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Stolen Pleasures

Selected Stories of Gina Berriault

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July 1, 2011 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.1, 297 pages | ISBN 9781582437408
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“Short stories and some short novels are close to poetry–with the fewest words they capture the essence of a situation, of a human being. It’s like trying to pin down the eternal moment.” –Gina Berriault

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.

About Gina Berriault

Gina Berriault was born in Long Beach, California. In addition to those mentioned above, she won many other awards including two O'Henry prizes and the Aga Kahn Fiction Prize. Her several screenplays included "The Stone Boy," made into a film starring Robert Duvall and Glenn Close in 1984. She died in Marin Country, California in 1999.

Praise for Stolen Pleasures

"[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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