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Pond

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
Named a Best Book of the Year by Elle, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, BookPage, and Publisher's Weekly

Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize

"A sharp, funny, and eccentric debut ... Pond makes the case for Bennett as an innovative writer of real talent. ... [It]reminds us that small things have great depths." - New York Times Book Review

"Dazzling... exquisitely written and daring ." - O, the Oprah Magazine


Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett's debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience - from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows - rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments - the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator's persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.

Shimmering and unusual, Pond demands to be devoured in a single sitting that will linger long after the last page.

 
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Used availability for Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond


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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
ISBN: 0-399-57589-8 / 978-0-399-57589-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
ISBN: 1-910695-09-2 / 978-1-910695-09-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : Audio CD
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-louise Bennett
ISBN: 1-5159-0992-1 / 978-1-5159-0992-7
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2016 : Audio CD
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
ISBN: 1-5159-5992-9 / 978-1-5159-5992-2
Publisher:
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pond: Stories
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
Publisher: Stinging Fly Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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