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Wish I Was Here [Hardcover]

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

2 Jun 2006

Love. In Wish I Was Here, Jackie Kay explores every facet of this most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions. In her distinctive voice, simultaneously fierce and delicate, she exposes 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. Every story here resonates with bittersweet lucidity. Fearlessly scrutinizing her characters at their moments of greatest vulnerability, Kay brings the chaotic experience of love -- and of simply living -- into crystalline focus. Wish I Was Here is another work of wondrous emotional intensity and almost blinding illumination by one of our most original and engaging talents.

Praise for Why Don't You Stop Talking?

‘The beauty of Kay’s stories is in how much they continue to resonate long after finishing’ Time Out

‘Jackie Kay is a virtuoso of voices that go straight to your guts . . . However different these voices, they all have that warm blend of humour and the detailed noticing of tiny objects which lights up the everyday world and is Kay’s hallmark as a novelist and poet . . . Warm, gently surreal, wittily compassionate and beautifully written’ Independent on Sunday

‘These pieces contain -- and ultimately liberate -- definitively human ordinariness, a rigmarole of isolation and love, fidelity and betrayal, noise and silence, birth and death’ Guardian

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330373315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330373319
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1961. A poet and novelist, her first short story collection, Why Don't You Stop Talking?, was published in 2002. She lives in Manchester.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted short stories 8 Jan 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Kay-excellent 8 Sep 2011
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wanted something to dip in and out off and Jackie Kay comes up trumps every time. Beautifully written,with her oh so witty undertones. A great read or should I say great reads!
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