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In Between the Sheetsby Ian McEwan
Synopses & Reviews
Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. And in the course of a weekend with his teenage daughter, a guilt-ridden father discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence.
At once chilling and beguiling, and written in prose of lacerating beauty, In Between the Sheets is a tour de force by one of England's most acclaimed practitioners of literary unease.
"McEwan proves himeslf to be an acute psychologist of the ordinary mind." The New York Times Book Review
"A writer in full control of his materials....In [his] short stories, the effect achieved by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensual touch is that of magic realism — a transfiguration of the ordinary that has a...strong visceral impact." Robert Towers, The New York Review of Books
"McEwan is entering the same league as Donald Barthelme and John Cheever." Los Angeles Herald Examiner
About the Author
Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories — First Love, Last Rites, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets — and eight novels, including The Cement Garden; The Comfort of Strangers, short-listed for the 1981 Booker Prize; The Child in Time, winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Innocent; Black Dogs; Enduring Love; and Amsterdam, winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. He lives in Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
Reflections of a Kept Age
Two Fragments, March 199_
Dead as They Come
In Between the Sheets
To and Fro
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