Search Results: "Tessa Hadley"


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ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2002

"Perfectly fine in execution but also a bit tiresome; with a different conception in the central story, Hadley's consummate knowledge of her characters might have resulted in a more telling debut."
A sorrowful debut follows a family and some friends as they go stage by stage through dissatisfaction with their lives. Read full book review >

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CLEVER GIRL by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Hadley is a fine, insightful writer, but this memoir of a restless, bookish woman coping with a sequence of variable male figures while playing the hand life has dealt her lacks momentum."
One relatively ordinary life, chronicled from the 1950s to the 1990s in England, mirrors enormous shifts in style, attitude and choice, especially for women. Read full book review >

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SUNSTROKE by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A collection of strikingly original narratives."
Ten unorthodox stories demonstrate exactly how quiet desperation is the English way. Read full book review >

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THE LONDON TRAIN by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"Hadley exposes all the pitfalls inherent in relationships, yet miraculously leaves the reader buoyant with hope."
Welsh novelist and short-story writer Hadley (Sunstroke, 2007, etc.), combines forms in these two subtle, subtly related stories, one about a man whose life goes into free fall as a father and husband, the second about his barely remembered lover who has let idealized memory dangerously impact her life. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2003

"Familiar fictional territory, but Hadley masters the details with conviction and brings to the emotional landscape an intriguing perspective of her own."
The Welsh author of Accidents in the Home (2002) returns with a somber-hued but surprisingly compelling second novel about three generations of stalwart British women and the men who let them down. Read full book review >

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MARRIED LOVE by Tessa Hadley
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Shrewd, insightful, unpredictable, Hadley's stories successfully plumb the complicated daily deeps."
A subtly incisive vision and the ability to conjure full fictional scenarios in limited spaces characterize the new collection by a noted British writer. Read full book review >

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BAD DREAMS AND OTHER STORIES by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Achingly lovely, though never sentimental, Hadley's collection renders common lives with exquisite grace."
Acclaimed novelist Hadley (The Past, 2016, etc.) is back with a collection of 10 quietly explosive short stories that reveal, with unsparing precision, the epic drama simmering beneath the mundanity of everyday life. Read full book review >

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THE PAST by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Hadley is the patron saint of ordinary lives; her trademark empathy and sharp insight are out in force here."
Four middle-aged siblings reunite at their family home in the English countryside in Hadley's (Clever Girl, 2014, etc.) quietly masterful domestic portrait.Read full book review >

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JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >

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THE ORIGINAL FREDDIE ACKERMAN by Hadley Irwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A grandly unassuming story, strewn with eccentric personalities, all with their hearts in the right places. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Already adrift because of his parents' many divorces and marriages, Trevor ``Freddie'' Ackerman feels stranded by a summer with two elderly aunts on an island in Maine, without TV or other electronic entertainment. Read full book review >

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CAN'T HEAR YOU LISTENING by Hadley Irwin
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

Superbright Stanley has always been both an achiever and dependable in other ways, like helping Tracy's dad collect scientific data on a nearby prairie. Read full book review >

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SARAH WITH AN H by Hadley Irwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Although the scenes leading up to a climactic basketball game are glossed over, the action lends excitement to the novel and includes a turn of events—Sarah sustains injury but doggedly keeps playing—reminiscent of the drama in the recent Olympics. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Marti, who has lived in the small town of LaMond, Iowa, all her life, is hesitant when a teacher directs her to show a new girl around. Read full book review >