What shapes the way we see ourselves?
An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.
Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?
Is identity a given or can we choose the someone we become?
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-908600-77-6
eBook ISBN: 978-1-908600-78-3
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“Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour” Literary Flits
“interesting and well written” Rachel Poli
“a thought-provoking look at what it is to ‘be’” Books, Life and Everything
"loved the way the author was willing to play around and try different techniques, including one story in second person. Highly recommended." Dorothy Winsor
"To call these stories 'psychological studies' might not be quite accurate, but it's close ... All of them share Anne Goodwin's perceptive, sympathetic insights." Our Book Reviews Online
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