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Pond

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
In Claire-Louise Bennett's shimmering debut, an unnamed young woman - wry, somewhat misanthropic, keenly observant - chronicles her life on the outskirts of a small coastal village.

The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that's both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair.

Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, Pond refracts the narrator's uncannily intimate experience in the details of daily life, rendered sometimes in story-like stretches, sometimes in fragments, and suffused with the almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world as we remember it from childhood. As her persona emerges in all its particularity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help seeing mirrored there our own fraught longings, our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.

Enchanting and unusual, Pond will linger long after the last minute.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: 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
Title: 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
Title: Pond
Author(s): Claire-Louise Bennett
ISBN: 1-5159-0992-1 / 978-1-5159-0992-7
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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

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

Kindle Editions

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

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



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