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From the author of the award-winning The Dark Room, here is a strikingly powerful collection of stories that explores with haunting precision themes of guilt, love, and sacrifice. In a variety of settings–from the Scottish seaside to post—Communist Germany–Rachel Seiffert’s stories map the terrain of human behavior with a nuance and subtlety that are at once dazzling and unsettling. Powerfully evoking our need for connection, Field Study takes us on journeys that demonstrate both the fragility and adaptability of our emotions, and the vast potential for danger and vulnerability created by all types of love.

In “Reach,” “Dog-Leg Lane,” and “Tentsmuir Sands,” Seiffert explores the dynamic between parents and children, the special knowing that children have but don’t always express in ways their parents can understand. In “Francis John Jones, 1924—” she draws a portrait of an old man recounting an experience as a soldier in World War II that saved his life but left him with deep regrets. In “The Late Spring,” a man who has led a solitary life begins to accept what he knows will be his solitary death. And in “Blue,” two teenagers try to come to grips, in conflicting ways, with their first pressing desires for independence. Seiffert isolates and captures not only the underlying and compelling sorrow of love but also the joy and desire for love that keep us alive.

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In a collection of short works that map the terrain of human behavior in a variety of settings, the author follows the stories of parents who underestimate the extent of their children's awareness, a World War II soldier's life-saving desertion, and a man's realization that he will die alone. Reprint.

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Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room, powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this dazzling and haunting group of stories. Set against immense political upheaval, or evoking the intimate struggles between men and women, parents and children, this astonishing collection charts our desire for love, our fragility, and our strength. From the title piece, in which a young biologist conceals his discoveries at a polluted river from a local woman, to the family aided by an enemy in “The Crossing,” to the old man weighing his regrets in “Francis John Jones, 1924–” Seiffert’s acclaimed, refined prose movingly captures the lives of her characters in their most essential, secret moments.

About the Author

Rachel Seiffert is the author of The Dark Room, which won a Betty Trask Award and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was short-listed for the Booker Prize. She has also received a David T. K. Wong award from PEN International for her work. After spending some years in Scotland and Germany, she now lives in London with her husband and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307425898
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Seiffert, Rachel
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050712
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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Product details 224 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307425898 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a collection of short works that map the terrain of human behavior in a variety of settings, the author follows the stories of parents who underestimate the extent of their children's awareness, a World War II soldier's life-saving desertion, and a man's realization that he will die alone. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room, powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this dazzling and haunting group of stories. Set against immense political upheaval, or evoking the intimate struggles between men and women, parents and children, this astonishing collection charts our desire for love, our fragility, and our strength. From the title piece, in which a young biologist conceals his discoveries at a polluted river from a local woman, to the family aided by an enemy in “The Crossing,” to the old man weighing his regrets in “Francis John Jones, 1924–” Seiffert’s acclaimed, refined prose movingly captures the lives of her characters in their most essential, secret moments.
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