Emotionally compelling and formally innovative, Life-Like is Toby Litt's most ambitious collection of short stories to date, bringing to fruition themes first aired in his previous books, Adventures in Capitalism, Exhibitionism, and I Play the Drums in a Band CalledOkay. Life-Like is a book about our globalizing and atomizing world - with stories set in India, Sweden, Australia, and Iran - that also looks at how we meet and fail to meet and what connects us to one another, as well as waste and communication, and, in turn, communication through waste.

The twenty-six stories begin with Paddy and Agatha, an English couple last seen in Litt's Ghost Story. Following the stillbirth of their second child, their marriage has gently begun to collapse. Paddy and Agatha both meet someone else. First, Paddy meets Kavita, and Agatha meets John. Then each of these four engages with a different new person - and so on, through a doubling and redoubling of intimately interconnected stories. The remaining short stories exemplify Litt's impressive, unflinching prose.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Toby Litt's Life-Like

Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Life-Like
Author(s): Toby Litt
ISBN: 0-85742-207-3 / 978-0-85742-207-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Seagull Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Life-Like
Author(s): Toby Litt
Publisher: Seagull Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU