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The Lydia Steptoe Stories

(2019)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

'I have quite changed my mind. I am going to run away and become a boy.'

In these three stories, written by Djuna Barnes under the pseudonym Lydia Steptoe, three characters find themselves on the brink of a sexual awakening - accompanied by guns, whips, and worldly innuendo.

A fourteen-year-old girl plans to become 'a virago', until her mother intercepts her first tryst by dressing up as her male lover. A boy of the same age is lured into the forest by his father's mistress. A woman of forty falls in love and longs to kill herself, so unbearable is the return of the youth she thought she wanted. 'Alice', she tells herself, 'be a man.'

Barnes makes gender and desire seem slippery and joyful - and makes the fictional Lydia Steptoe seem like a writer for our time.



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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lydia Steptoe Stories: Faber Stories
Author(s): Djuna Barnes
ISBN: 0-571-35247-2 / 978-0-571-35247-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lydia Steptoe Stories: Faber Stories
Author(s): Djuna Barnes
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU