Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on the banality and comic potential of modern life, this collection of short stories "brilliantly explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, hitting uncomfortably close to home" ("USA Today").
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Grey Area demonstrates Will Self's razor-sharp wit in nine new stories that delve into the modern psyche with unsettling and darkly satiric results. "Inclusion®" tells the story of a doctor who is illegally testing a new antidepressant made from bee excrement. "A Short History of the English Novel" brings us face to face with a pompous publisher who is greeted at every turn by countless rejected authors. In "The End of the Relationship" a woman who has been left by her boyfriend provokes "like some emotional Typhoid Mary" that same reaction among all the couples she goes to for comfort. The narrator of "Between the Conceits" declares without hesitation that London is controlled by only eight individuals, and, thankfully, he is one of them.
Table of Contents
Between the conceits --Indian mutiny --Short history of the English novel --Incubus or The impossibility of self-determination as to desire --Scale --Chest --Grey area --Inclusion --End of the relationship.