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Field Study

(2004)
A collection of stories by

 
 
From the author of the award-winning The Dark Room, here is a strikingly powerful collection of stories that explores with haunting precision themes of guilt, love, and sacrifice. In a variety of settings-from the Scottish seaside to post-Communist Germany-Rachel Seiffert's stories map the terrain of human behavior with a nuance and subtlety that are at once dazzling and unsettling. Powerfully evoking our need for connection, Field Study takes us on journeys that demonstrate both the fragility and adaptability of our emotions, and the vast potential for danger and vulnerability created by all types of love.

In "Reach," "Dog-Leg Lane," and "Tentsmuir Sands," Seiffert explores the dynamic between parents and children, the special knowing that children have but don't always express in ways their parents can understand. In "Francis John Jones, 1924-" she draws a portrait of an old man recounting an experience as a soldier in World War II that saved his life but left him with deep regrets. In "The Late Spring," a man who has led a solitary life begins to accept what he knows will be his solitary death. And in "Blue," two teenagers try to come to grips, in conflicting ways, with their first pressing desires for independence. Seiffert isolates and captures not only the underlying and compelling sorrow of love but also the joy and desire for love that keep us alive.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Field Study: Stories
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-375-42259-5 / 978-0-375-42259-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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February 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-434-01185-1 / 978-0-434-01185-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 1-4000-7502-5 / 978-1-4000-7502-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
ISBN: 0-09-946178-1 / 978-0-09-946178-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Field Study (Storycuts)
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Field Study
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Field Study (Vintage International)
Author(s): Rachel Seiffert
Publisher: Vintage
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