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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062135643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062135643
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,262,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with exquisitely calibrated gradations and expressions of class, conducted with symphonic intensity and complexity....[An] understatedly beautiful collection....Extraordinarily well-made."--Stacey D'Erasmo, "New York Times Book Review"

"Hadley's power...is best felt as she teases out the often dangerous crackles in the air and cracks in the heart. There's a louche tautness to her prose..."--Helen Davies, "Sunday Times" (London)

"[Hadley's stories] are often like movie clips of lives in transit, their small shifts of focus yielding up flashes of psychological insight. . . . Hadley excels at the domestic context, at pinpointing the particular quiddity on which an individual character turns; at marking the tiny swings of allegiance in human relationships."--Rachel Hore, "The Independent"

"One of the most interesting writer around....This collection shows a writer quietly growing in style, perception and grace. She conveys to the reader that rare ability to see completely into someone else's head."--Philip Womack, "The Spectator"

"Domestic relationships are the stuff of these delightfully understated, tightly sprung stories."--Fanny Blake, "Woman and Home"

"Married Love...could more accurately be described as a concentration, not a collection, of short stories. The stories here are, in effect, a dozen novels in miniature....There is a grand sweep and an emotional charge that brings to mind DH Lawrence."--Elena Seymenliyska, "Daily Telegraph" (London)

"There is not a lot of domestic bliss to be found in these finely rendered stories, but there are many small moments of everyday life made recognizable by an exceptional storyteller. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal"

"A subtly incisive vision and the ability to conjure full fictional scenarios in limited spaces characterize the new collection by a noted British writer....Shrewd, insightful, unpredictable, Hadley's stories successfully plumb the complicated daily deeps."--"Kirkus"

"Hadley's command of the telling detail, the unspoken riposte, and the subtle interpersonal struggles that fuel everyday human actions infuses this collection with both saucy fire and sobering fatalism."--"Booklist"

"Hadley excels at the poignantly comic scene and the dangling ending that somehow still satisfies. These 12 touching tales showcase her gifts."--Meredith Maran, "People" (3 ? stars)

"Her talent is to take these small details of everyday life and build them into stirring narratives....Hadley gives space to the smallest emotional currents, allowing them to expand."--Susannah Meadows, "New York Times"

"A British writer whose work probes the dangers and joys of family life, Tessa Hadley writes like a dream, even if some of her stories can haunt you like a nightmare....Hadley's measured, perfectly controlled prose masterfully chronicles her characters' turmoil; these stories are gemlike and unforgettable."--Kate Tuttle, "Boston Globe"

"What Hadley's stories share with Munro's is an extraordinary ability to capture whole worlds - the hopes, disappointments, complexity and arc of characters' lives - in concise prose that never feels rushed."--Heller McAlpin, "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"

"Twisting her pen with words so skilled and a sensitivity so finely honed it takes mere fragments to convey the lifetime of a character to the reader, Hadley brings us twelve of the finest short stories in print today."--Andrea Huehnerhoff, "Sacramento Book Review"

"A feast of angst and disappointment."--"Evening Standard" (London)

"Only Alice Munro and Colm T?ibin, among all the working short story writer I'm aware of, are so adept at portraying whole lives in a few thousand words. With "Married Love," Hadley joins their company as one of the most clear-sighted chroniclers of contemporary emotional journeys."--Edmund Gordon, "The Guardian"

Filled with exquisitely calibrated gradations and expressions of class, conducted with symphonic intensity and complexity .[An] understatedly beautiful collection .Extraordinarily well-made. --Stacey D'Erasmo, "New York Times Book Review""

A British writer whose work probes the dangers and joys of family life, Tessa Hadley writes like a dream, even if some of her stories can haunt you like a nightmare .Hadley s measured, perfectly controlled prose masterfully chronicles her characters turmoil; these stories are gemlike and unforgettable. --Kate Tuttle, "Boston Globe""

Hadley s power...is best felt as she teases out the often dangerous crackles in the air and cracks in the heart. There s a louche tautness to her prose... --Helen Davies, "Sunday Times" (London)"

[Hadley s stories] are often like movie clips of lives in transit, their small shifts of focus yielding up flashes of psychological insight.... Hadley excels at the domestic context, at pinpointing the particular quiddity on which an individual character turns; at marking the tiny swings of allegiance in human relationships. --Rachel Hore, "The Independent""

One of the most interesting writer around....This collection shows a writer quietly growing in style, perception and grace. She conveys to the reader that rare ability to see completely into someone else s head. --Philip Womack, "The Spectator""

Only Alice Munro and Colm T?ibin, among all the working short story writer I m aware of, are so adept at portraying whole lives in a few thousand words. With "Married Love," Hadley joins their company as one of the most clear-sighted chroniclers of contemporary emotional journeys. --Edmund Gordon, "The Guardian""

Domestic relationships are the stuff of these delightfully understated, tightly sprung stories. --Fanny Blake, "Woman and Home""

Married Love could more accurately be described as a concentration, not a collection, of short stories. The stories here are, in effect, a dozen novels in miniature....There is a grand sweep and an emotional charge that brings to mind DH Lawrence. --Elena Seymenliyska, "Daily Telegraph" (London)"

There is not a lot of domestic bliss to be found in these finely rendered stories, but there are many small moments of everyday life made recognizable by an exceptional storyteller. Highly recommended. --"Library Journal""

A subtly incisive vision and the ability to conjure full fictional scenarios in limited spaces characterize the new collection by a noted British writer .Shrewd, insightful, unpredictable, Hadley s stories successfully plumb the complicated daily deeps. --"Kirkus""

Hadley s command of the telling detail, the unspoken riposte, and the subtle interpersonal struggles that fuel everyday human actions infuses this collection with both saucy fire and sobering fatalism. --"Booklist""

Hadley excels at the poignantly comic scene and the dangling ending that somehow still satisfies. These 12 touching tales showcase her gifts. --Meredith Maran, "People" (3 ? stars)"

Her talent is to take these small details of everyday life and build them into stirring narratives .Hadley gives space to the smallest emotional currents, allowing them to expand. --Susannah Meadows, "New York Times""

What Hadley s stories share with Munro s is an extraordinary ability to capture whole worlds - the hopes, disappointments, complexity and arc of characters lives - in concise prose that never feels rushed. --Heller McAlpin, "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review""

Twisting her pen with words so skilled and a sensitivity so finely honed it takes mere fragments to convey the lifetime of a character to the reader, Hadley brings us twelve of the finest short stories in print today. --Andrea Huehnerhoff, "Sacramento Book Review""

A feast of angst and disappointment. --"Evening Standard" (London)"

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Tessa Hadley has joined the ranks of Posy Simmonds, Helen Simpson, Colm Toibin, Katherine Mansfield and Rachel Cusk as a national treasure. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I found this book very frustrating. There is no doubt that the author writes well and intelligently and can set a scene and introduce characters. But for my money I need a point to a short story. To my mind these stories have no point. I suppose, to be fair, this sort of short story can be compared to an impressionist daub. But when I get to the end of it I say to myself "so what?". The art of short story writing, at any rate short story writing that pleases me, is to make a point. These stories just tale off into nothing and there seems no rhyme or reason why they should end when they do.
Nevertheless I'm going to try one of her novels, because there, surely, she has to have a plot.
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This attractively presented book is Tessa Hadley's second collection of short stories; the first story (of twelve) carries the title of the book and is the wonderfully amusing tale of Lottie, who at nineteen, and the youngest of a large and close-knit family, announces one morning at breakfast that she is to marry someone at her university. However her fiancé is not a fellow student, but a lecturer, Edgar Lennox, a composer of religious music who just happens to be forty-five years her senior - and already married. In the space of twenty pages we learn what happens to Lottie after she marries Edgar; about their home, their three children and their hopes and desires. It is a story of dreams versus daily reality, family members versus spouses, and a very good story to start this collection of enjoyable short fiction.

I particularly enjoyed: 'A Mouthful of Cut Glass', set in the 1970s, about two young people, Neil and Sheila, who meet at university and decide to visit each other's homes as the next step in their relationship. Neil is from a working class family and Sheila is the daughter of a vicar living in a large rectory in the country. Although Neil has not tried to conceal his working class origins (in fact it has gained him some creditability at university), when Sheila visits him in his home, their difference in upbringing seems so much more apparent than at university, where they are on mutual ground. When they both go to Sheila's home, the way of life at the vicarage seems totally alien to Neil especially when he has to join in a game of charades with the vicar and his wife and Sheila's eight brothers and sisters. This section of the book had me laughing aloud as poor Neil has to be dressed up as a shepherd, while Sheila's sisters frisk around his feet as sheep baaing.
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By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
British author Tessa Hadley has written 12 short stories in a book, "Married Love". If you're familiar with Hadley's stories, you might want to check the table of contents because most of the stories have been previously published in the "New Yorker", "Granta", and other magazines in the US and the UK. If you're not familiar with her writing, then these stories will be new and enjoyable.

I'm not a big fan of short stories because I find them rather frustrating to read. Just as I'm getting into a story, whoops...it ends. Uh, what happens next? What happened to the characters I've gotten interested in? Too bad, dear, it's on to the next story. Tessa Hadley's stories had the same effect on me. She does such a good job setting her characters and story together that in a second...gone.

But, then I figured, "Hey, I like cupcakes". Sometimes, if I'm not really hungry and just want a touch of sweet, a cupcake will do better than a cake. Maybe short stories are the same thing. Certainly Tessa Hadley's stories are fulfilling in themselves. Did I want some to go longer? Of course I did.

Hadley writes about everyday people in everyday life, but with a twist. Almost all are set in current times; one is set after WW1. They're the stories about a brother's suicide, a young woman marrying a man 45 years older than she it, three god-children meeting after the death of their god-mother, a family reunion, and other looks at small periods of time in a character's life. A slice of cake, a cupcake...rather than the whole cake. Tessa Hadley is an excellent writer and if you like short stories, you'll like her work.
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In my opinion, this collection is all about what happens when the lives of people from different orbits collide unexpectedly, and what takes place as a result. Those different orbits could be due to factors such as class, personality, age, or society's constructs of who a person 'is' or 'should be'. The characters find themselves undergoing a gentle revelation as a result of this collision. They find new inner strength, or a sexuality they'd normally bury, or a new tolerance for someone they previously couldn't stand, or a more jaded view of life, or their prejudice turned on its head.

The endings of these stories aren't neatly tied up. They don't clobber you over the head. They're as subtle and open-ended as real life, and they left me thinking over what I'd just read, and about the changed perceptions - my own and the character's.

I found the plots cleverly unpredictable and the descriptive writing excellently subtle. I love lyrical, understated films and books, so I enjoyed this very much.
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