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Claustrophobic, intense, troubled, these twelve astonishing stories hold a flare to the strange, elusive corners of our world, past and present; from the United States of the Gold Rush era to the Berlin of today, from Victorian England to the dusty border towns and high cities of modern South America. A young couple's passionate affair unravels as they wait anxiously in their hotel room for news of a recklessly conceived drug deal. An academic inherits a set of diaries detailing her great-grandfather's development of a bizarre new field of science; an endeavour which has shocking implications for his young daughter and unfaithful wife. And in Greenfly, a housebound woman is driven to distraction by the insects infesting her house - putting strain on an already fractured relationship with her partner. Lee's stories announce the arrival of a writer whose vision is razor sharp, blackly funny and startlingly original.We are on the fifth floor, overlooking the canal, and there is a good view across the city. It was the last flat in the block and up until we moved in it was used as the a#39;show homea#39; and temporary offices ofthe estate agent. ... out in up-to-the-minute interior decoration a€” reclaimed wood floors in the living room and bedrooms, slate floors in the hall and kitchen. designer kitchen units, bathroom suite and furniture. When we bought the flat they threw in all these interiors at a knockdown price.

Author:Tom Lee
Publisher:Random House - 2012-02-29


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