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Mermaids on the Golf Course

(1985)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The stories collected in Mermaids on the Golf Course, first published in 1985, are among Patricia Highsmith's most mature, psychologically penetrating works. Published in the latter part of her career, these stories reveal Highsmith's mastery of the short story form. Moving between locales as various as France, Mexico, Zurich, and New York, Highsmith transforms the mundane features of everyday life into an eerie setting for her chilling portrayals of violence, secrecy, and madness. In "The Stuff of Madness," Christopher Waggoner, increasingly dismayed by his wife's habit of preserving dead pets in their garden, enacts a devious revenge by adding a bizarre new exhibit to their collection; in the title story, an eminent economist's brush with death endows his once-familiar desires with tragic consequences; and in "A Shot from Nowhere," a young painter who witnesses a gruesome death on a vacant Mexican street becomes trapped in an unimaginable nightmare. In these piercing stories, Highsmith creates a world all the more frightening because we recognize it as our own.


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Hardback Editions

November 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mermaids on the Golf Course
Author(s): Highsmith Patricia
ISBN: 0-89296-358-1 / 978-0-89296-358-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penzler
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October 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mermaids on the Golf Course
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-89296-352-2 / 978-0-89296-352-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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September 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Mermaids on the Golf Course
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-434-33523-1 / 978-0-434-33523-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mermaids on the Golf Course: Stories
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-393-32456-7 / 978-0-393-32456-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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September 1986 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mermaids On the Golf Course & Other Stories
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
ISBN: 0-14-008790-7 / 978-0-14-008790-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

July 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mermaids on the Golf Course: Stories
Author(s): Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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