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Yesterday's Weather: Includes Taking Pictures and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Anne Enright
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First publication of a new collection of the Booker Prize-winner's stories including those from her most recent hardback 'Taking Pictures'.

In Yesterday's Weather, Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright presents a series of deeply moving stories about women stirred, bothered, or fascinated by men they cannot understand, or understand too well. Enright's characters are haunted by the ghosts of the lives they might have led - lit by new flames, old flames, and flames that are guttering out. A woman's one night stand is illuminated by dreams of a young boy on a cliff road, another's is thwarted by an swarm of somnolent bees. A pregnant woman is stuck in a slow lift with a tactile American stranger, a naked mother changes a nappy in a hotel bedroom, and waits for her husband to come back from the bar. This collection includes some of Enright's best loved stories as well as her latest works. These are sharp, vivid tales of loss and yearning, of surrender to responsibilities or to unexpected delight; all share the unsettling, dislocated reality, the subversive wit and awkward tenderness that have marked Anne Enright as one of our most thrillingly gifted writers.

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"Enright deals beautifully with the modern world ... blood, guts, and heart-stopping beauty" (Independent)

"At the top of her form, she is remarkable" (Jane Shilling The Times)

"Shockingly beautiful and painfully funny" (Observer)

"The quality of the writing should help to explain Enright's having won the 2007 Man Booker Prize ... single lines and paragraphs are so well crafted, with such salty, pleasantly brutal sensibility, that these stories function like beguiling advertisements for Enright's novels. After sampling Taking Pictures, those who, like me, have not yet read The Gathering will likely move her Man Booker winner nearer to the top of the pile beside the bed" (Lionel Shriver Daily Telegraph)

"She's a sphinx, an alchemist, a literary witch who sticks a spell on you. Angela Carter and Ali Smith can do this too.... buy it, read it, it isn't realism, it's music" (Scotsman)


"[a] compelling collection... Enright's is, finally, a generous and spirited vision."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771030703
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054ZBXGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Enright has chosen to use reverse chronology for the order of her stories, which seems peculiar until you reach the earlier stories. They are, in effect, much slighter, much more rickety - a touch of devilment here, a wild assertion there - Enright used to be both more adventurous and less effective. She was a wild-child at heart, full of bravado and sometimes almost wilfully odd.

The later stories are different - much more assured, much easier in their own skins. There is the same voice in all of them and it is a triumphant one, bold and clever and full of itself, but so bright and funny that you can't help but love it. In the story Caravan there are moments of helpless loss of face and joyous moments of family solidarity both, as some well-behaved children interact with the less well-behaved children of another family. A holiday that turns into both a farce and a series of stifled domestic crises that are both ludicrous and pitiable, as well as achingly funny. Her ear for dialogue is unerringly good and sharp as a nail.

With beautiful implacability, Enright gives you a whole world with a few words. It is very Irish, it is very smart in a know-your-own-business way, and it often sings off the page like a kind of music. Not always a jig, for Enright can do all kinds of music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but enjoyable 8 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this, even though some short stories didn't quite gel, some of them were absolutely brilliant, Well worth a read
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3.0 out of 5 stars mistake 9 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book mistakenly thinking it was a book about the THE WEATHER CONDITION IN ENGLANDS PAST what an idiot I am it is a novel entitled yesterdays weather. still it will do for someone as a present.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of short stories 3 Nov. 2011
By SusieH
This is a truly superb collection of short stories - probably of more interest to women as the stories are about women at various ages/stages of their lives.

Some were very funny, belly-ache laugh type funny. Others were so sad. But you will definitely find at least some that you relate to.

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