Publication Date: 15-Mar-12 | ISBN: 9781907773198 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 240pp | Format: Paperback
UK & International Distribution: | Publishing Status: Active
A Girl’s Arm is a collection of stories homing in on the pressure points in the lives of its characters. Although a mixed bag from a variety of backgrounds — an apparently nerveless woman rock climber, a young classicist on the academic make, an estranged son just dropping by after many years — with a couple of exceptions they would be classed as ‘ordinary’. The stories focus on that single extraordinary event from which the course of his or her particular narrative veers off and they are offered the chance to become what they were meant to be. It can lead in many cases to prospering after aridity, or as in the title story, to a demonic hatching.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Girl’s Arm; The Knight’s Move; The Chameleon; Barley Rogers; False Banded; Eyeful; A Crack; That Story; Settled at Civeen; Roof; A Christmas Birthday; A Girl’s Arm; Acknowledgements
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
““The eleven stories in Gee Williams’ third collection, A Girl’s Arm, relate to a variety of characters and situations… Williams’ writing is affable, mellifluous, her descriptions and observations at intervals almost mesmeric: ‘…the beach was invisible – but the sand was ubiquitous, followed you like a promise, kicked about and traipsed in, saying this is nowhere ordinary.’ ‘The ruby in her navel was a half a billiard ball.’ But her real gift lies in her ability to confidence-trick her reader into wholeheartedly believing an unreliable narrator, or to visit places and people that, in different circumstances, they’d cross the road to avoid, manipulating them so succinctly and without a hint of awkwardness, they’re likely to become dizzy. She’s a bit of a magician.”” — New Welsh Review
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
“… narrative of adversity, stoicism and hospitality, tender, terrible and believable. Williams leaves us with stark and striking images that haunt us long after the book is closed” —New Welsh Review
“Williams supports the sudden shifts in perspective with some well-defined vernacular voices” —Observer
“The novel has the distinction of being both a page-turner and one you want to savour. … Salvage is the least predictable novel I’ve read in a long time.” —The New Writer
Gee Williams was born and brought up on a North Wales council estate. Her first paid employment (at 12) was for dodgy horsedealers — wonderful training amongst the best fictioneers on earth. After studying literature she went on to lecture. She began as a poet but turned to fiction and drama for BBC Radio 4. Next came editing and reviewing, literary journalism and radio broadcasting. She has lived in various parts of Britain, moving with her physicist husband.