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Wish I Was Here [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Kay
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

‘Kay gives hugely of her talent; pours it onto the page . . . These stories charm, move and entertain’ Guardian This fierce, funny and compassionate collection explores every facet of that most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions: love. With winning directness, Jackie Kay captures her characters’ greatest joy and greatest vulnerability, exposing the moments of tenderness, of shock, of bravery and stupidity that accompany the search for love, the discovery of love and, most of all, love’s loss. ‘Jackie Kay’s characters sing from the page’ Daily Telegraph ‘At the heart of it is a faith in stories themselves: a belief that the most desolate history can be lent coherence if you tell it right’ TLS ‘Kay’s humour and optimism are transcendent’ Sunday Herald


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'Delicious, deft, wicked and finally, very moving'
-- 'Books of the Year', Sunday Herald

'The humour and generosity of spirit which infuse 'Wish I Was
Here' simply make life a better place' -- Books of the Year, Herald

'this funny and poignant collection proves she should be just as celebrated for her short fiction’ -- Psychologies magazine

‘A collection of stories, ideal for dipping in and out of... her wit and outrageousness shines out of every page’ -- New Nation

‘Artfully crafted, funny and sad …she is an impressively versatile writer...an original and moving collection.’ -- New Statesman

‘Intense and original writing’ -- Belfast Telegraph

‘Jackie Kay’s new book reveals her gift for capturing a voice' -- TLS

‘Kay’s humour and optimism are transcendent’ -- Sunday Herald

‘Utterly poignant short stories… Some of the tales are heartwrenching’ -- Irish Independent

‘Written with all of Kay’s characteristic combination of tenderness and ferocity' -- Good Book Guide

Psychologies magazine

'this funny and poignant collection proves she should be just as celebrated for her short fiction’

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KA1QZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted short stories 8 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback
These are stories of love and relationships, which most readers could identify with in some way. Each story is unique, but the multifaceted nature of love is wryly observed whether it's between a mother and daughter, pensioner husbands and wives, lesbian couples about to break up or strangers who meet on a night train. The characters have very different voices and that makes reading this book all the more refreshing, it reminds me of The Thing Around Your Neck.

My own favourite story is the surreal "My Daughter the Fox", which has Kafka-esque undertones, but could also be a metaphor to touch the soul of anyone with a wild teenager still at home.The descriptions are sometimes poetic, lucid, evocative but never laboured. There is no padding in these stories, each one grabs you from the opening line and holds on until the (sometimes abrupt) ending.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming stories 30 Jun. 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These stories are miracles, they are like visiting angels. Jackie Kay writes about the saddest, most awful times in relationship/friendship break-ups and their desolate aftermaths, so wonderfully that each sentence is hard to let go of. Funny, outrageous, intimate, a joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and loss 23 Oct. 2012
By Eleanor TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In these twelve short stories Jackie Kay examines love from various angles, whether mutual, obsessive, maternal, or lost. I knew I was going to enjoy this collection from the first sentence of the first story: "It is not so much that we are splitting up that is really worrying me, it is the fact that she keeps quoting Martin Amis." What follows is a funny, but also very poignant story about the break-up of a long-term relationship which ends with a line just as good as the opening.

In other stories we meet the same humour and poignancy as Kay inhabits a variety of characters, all with distinctive voices and outlooks. I particularly enjoyed 'Not the Queen', about a Glaswegian woman who to her dismay is the spitting image of her majesty, 'My Daughter the Fox', an account of the fierce love a mother feels for her vulpine daughter, and 'The Mirrored Twins' in which two lovers go on a weekend climbing trip. In this last story Kay renders the love these men feel for each other so joyously that, despite growing signs of foreboding, one can't help but feel elated.
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