This collection of stories is united by the themes of pleasure, passion, jealousy and revenge. Duncker creates worlds where the apparently innocent are not harmless and no-one ever turns out to be exactly what they seem. In 'The Arrival Matters' the extraordinary novella which crowns the collection the characters play out a sinister and atmospheric end game of a mysterious and supernatural history of love. Elsewhere, a jealous husband pursues his adulterous wife through the streets of Paris, a forbidden book subverts an authoritarian state, a TV crew get considerably more than they bargained for, and a lesbian community in uproar is described with wry humour and tenderness.
First published by Serpent's Tail, 1997
Picador edition 1998
Shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award 1997
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