Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room, powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this brilliant and haunting group of stories. 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.
Rachel Seiffert’s first novel, The Dark Room, won a Betty Trask Award and the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and adapted into a feature film called Lore. Seiffert has also received a David T. K. Wong award from PEN International for her work.
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"Contains vast themes of war and kinship, grief and terror, love and trust. This is the short story at its best." (Sunday Times)
"A magnificent collection: striking, moving, and deeply thought-provoking." (Financial Times)
"Seiffert is a writer of great delicacy and toughness... good story begetting good story after good story." (Guardian)
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