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From one of the most accomplished British writers working today, the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Wolf Border, comes a unique and arresting collection of short fiction that is both disturbing and dazzling.

Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and exciting of Britain's young novelists" (The Guardian), a writer whose "intelligence and ambition are thrilling to behold" (BookForum). Her work has been acclaimed as "amazing . . . terrific and original" (Washington Post). In this collection of nine works of short fiction, she uses her piercing insight to plumb the depth of the female experience and the human soul.

A husband's wife transforms into a vulpine in "Mrs. Fox," winner of the BBC Short Story Prize. In "Case Study 2, " A social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune. A new mother runs into an old lover in "Luxury Hour." In incandescent prose, full of rich observations and striking clarity, Hall has composed nine wholly original pieces—works of fiction that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

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A husband's wife transforms into a vulpine in "Mrs. Fox," winner of the BBC Short Story Prize. In "Case Study 2, " A social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune. A new mother runs into an old lover in "Luxury Hour." In incandescent prose, full of rich observations and striking clarity, Hall has composed nine...

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Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and exciting of Britain's young novelists" (The Guardian), a writer whose "intelligence and ambition are thrilling to behold" (BookForum). Her work has been acclaimed as "amazing . . . terrific and original" (Washington Post). In this collection of nine works of short fiction, she uses her piercing insight to plumb the depth of the female experience and the human soul.

A husband's wife transforms into a vulpine in "Mrs. Fox," winner of the BBC Short Story Prize. In "Case Study 2, " A social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune. A new mother runs into an old lover in "Luxury Hour." In incandescent prose, full of rich observations and striking clarity, Hall has composed nine wholly original pieces—works of fiction that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

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      • source: Wells Tower
      • content: "So fearsomely excellent it almost hurt to read. Truly the best collection I've come across in a decade."
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      • source: Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife
      • content: "I devoured Sarah Hall's MADAME ZERO like Mrs. Fox eats a pigeon with clipped wings. Reading this collection was like reading Kelly Link or Kevin Wilson or Lucy Wood's stories for the first time. These are the kind of sexual, surreal stories I yearn to read and aspire to write."
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      • source: Paste Magazine
      • content: "In Madame Zero's nine brief stories, Hall covers a staggering amount of ground, crafting compelling narratives that are expansive despite their brevity. Sensual and chilling by turns, this collection is electric."
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      • source: Independent
      • content: "Hall is as bold with her pen as her character Evie is with her newfound sensuality: there's nothing furtive about these brilliant stories. Each one is a leap into a dark, mysterious void that ultimately reveals glittering terrors therein."
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      • source: Washington Independent Review of Books
      • content: "Winning...Hall's language is at all times remarkable, moving between evocative lyricism and cool precision as the stories demand...With her brilliant depictions of the strange places of the human mind, Hall has crafted an illuminating collection that will haunt readers for a long time."
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      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: "Riveting..strange, lyrical and unforgettable."
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      • source: Los Angeles Review of Books
      • content: "A perfect balance of language and content, poised at the magical midway point between the distillation of poetry and the vicariousness of prose."
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      • source: The Daily Telegraph
      • content: "If you haven't read [Hall] yet, the best of these dark tales are a perfect place to start."
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      • source: Sunday Times (London)
      • content: "Hall looks with frightening believability into dystopian, apocalyptic and disease-ravaged near futures. Already Booker-shortlisted twice for her novels, Hall is an edgy, sensuous and immediate writer of striking power and grace."
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      • source: Mail on Sunday
      • content: "From childlessness to killer superbugs, these powerful stories are dazzling in range and execution."
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      • source: Sunday Telegraph
      • content: "A 21st-century take on the ghost story, this is uneasy — but essential — reading."
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      • source: Stylist (UK)
      • content: "Beautiful, rich and unsettling, filled with dark ideas, inner and outer."
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      • source: The Guardian
      • content: "Exceptional, compelling, frightening and authentic."
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      • source: Glasgow Herald
      • content: "Hall distinguishes herself across an extraordinary range of stories....Her prose, which can seem both understated and lushly evocative at the same time, haunts."
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      • source: Robin MacArthur, author of Half-Wild: Stories
      • content: "What a marvelous collection! I loved these stories, each one inviting us—with bright, clear, and startling sentences—on a journey into the heart of wilderness: what it is, where it resides, and how we each hunger for its many incarnations."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
      • content: "These stories showcase Hall's thematic ambition and formal skill. She's adept at matching voice to narrative, and her language is inventive and expressive ... Hall finds the weirdness in everyday life and makes the strange feel quotidian."
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      • source: The Observer (London)
      • content: "Hall is one of those rare writers whose short fiction has the same luminosity as her novels. But the short form allows her more room to probe and roam, to experiment with form, to sink her fingers into the earth....The body is often treacherous and the self is slippery."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "A disquieting demonstration of the power of the form."
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      • source: New Statesman
      • content: "Dark and memorable...These aren't particularly comforting stories; they're fragments of lives wrenched out of alignment...But their poise, power and assurance are very striking indeed."
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        May 8, 2017
        Hall’s second collection of short stories is a disquieting demonstration of the power of the form, in which “you may never get to the bottom of something. You might end up staring over a precipice,” as do a couple and their friend in “Wilderness” when they attempt to cross a dangerous bridge over an abyss that is as symbolically charged as it is real. Two other stories, “Later His Ghost” and “One in Four,” take place in the kind of altered or threatened landscapes for which Hall is celebrated—the first in a dystopian future in which freezing temperatures and relentless winds have destroyed civilized life, the other in an era of a superbug that is devastating the population. In “Mrs. Fox,” a man chronicles his wife’s transformation into a fox. A woman’s chance encounter with a former lover in “Luxury Hour” demonstrates the writer’s penchant for unremitting melancholy, and “Evie,” an exploration of a woman’s escalating sexual desire, goes to the grim heart of human nature. These unnerving stories hover over unspoken truths; in “Goodnight Nobody,” the message is so deeply shrouded as to be indecipherable. Hall, whose fiction is known for its sense of place (specifically the countryside of her native Cumbria), has set herself a challenge, searching for meaning in other avenues. The results are challenging and thought-provoking.

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      • source: Kirkus
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        May 1, 2017
        Short fiction from the author of The Wolf Border (2015), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.In this diverse collection of stories, Hall depicts ordinary people confronting extreme circumstances. In "Case Study 2," a social worker's own inability to have a child complicates her attempts to help a boy rescued from a bizarre commune. A young woman's fear of heights gives her new insights into an unfortunate relationship in "Wilderness." When the title character in "Evie" develops an insatiable need for sweets, alcohol, and sex, her husband has to decide whether this is the end of their rather boring marriage or its salvation. A few stories are explicitly dystopian. "Later His Ghost," for example, is set in a world decimated by extreme weather. "One in Four" is a brief, epistolary piece about a pandemic, and "Theatre 6" is a chilling--and timely--depiction of a society in which saving the life of a pregnant woman in distress can be dangerous. These stories showcase Hall's thematic ambition and formal skill. She's adept at matching voice to narrative, and her language is inventive and expressive without being a distraction; more often than not, she finds just the right words for entirely unfamiliar situations. All the author's strengths are evident in "Mrs. Fox"--an award-winning story and the best in this volume--in which a woman called Sophia turns into a canid. The fact that Hall offers no naturalistic reason or magical explanation for this metamorphosis is intensely satisfying. It's a pleasure to be transported to a world where this sort of thing just happens, and watching as Sophia's husband adjusts to this new reality suggests that we already live in a world where, maybe, this sort of thing just happens. Readers familiar with Angela Carter's work might recognize this as a contemporary, suburban "The Tiger's Bride." Hall finds the weirdness in everyday life and makes the strange feel quotidian.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        June 1, 2017
        The feral side of humanity is scary and unsettling, but Hall (The Wolf Border, 2015) is not afraid to explore the dark shadows in this compelling, if deeply unsettling collection of short stories. In the opening salvo, Mrs Fox, a married couple's lives are upended as the wife slowly transforms into a fox. The trick here is that the source of the madness remains unspecified: the reader can't tell who is playing whom but can only watch in mute horror as any sense of normalcy slowly slips away. A similar theme recurs in the closing Evie, in which a wife gradually becomes unrecognizable to her husband as she slips into the depths of mania. A young woman confronts her fears in Wilderness in the hinterlands of South Africa, and gripping end-of-the-world scenarios play out in two other tales. Razor-sharp writing ( She had long black hair down to her backside, upholstered lips and hipbones that jutted out of her jeans like scaffolding. ) forms a striking canvas for stories which teeter on the edge of bizarre and are riveting and vital.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        March 1, 2017

        A new mother encounters an old flame, and a woman periodically turns into a fox. Intriguing scenarios that will doubtless yield gem-like stories: Hall (The Wolf Border) was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, and her shelf topples over with honors that include the BBC Short Story Prize, the E.M. Forster Award, the Betty Trask Award, and more. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        June 15, 2017

        A woman who morphs into a fox, a feral 12-year-old discovered out on the moors, a woman consumed by strange new appetites, and a world transformed by catastrophic windstorms are some of the bizarre themes in this collection. In "Mrs. Fox," a happily married couple is worried about the wife's sudden illness. What seems at first to be morning sickness turns into something far more sinister. While on a therapeutic walk in the woods, the husband is stunned to see his wife shed her skin, grow fur, and become a fox. The reverse of "Mrs. Fox" is "Case Study 2," in which an undernourished wild child is found wandering alone on the moors. Treatment attempts to humanize him prove extremely difficult. Mystery lies at the heart of "Evie" when a woman develops a voracious and unexplained appetite for food, alcohol, and raunchy sex. Finally, the entire world is rendered unrecognizable in "Later, His Ghost," a postapocalyptic tale about a man's risky search for provisions and books. VERDICT Hall (How To Paint a Dead Man), a Granta Best of Young British Novelists, is not as well known as some of her contemporaries. She deserves a closer look for her beguiling collection. [See Prepub Alert, 2/13/17.]

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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