More Than Life Itself by Judith Cowan
Finalist for First Book Prize in 1998
In her stories, many of which have already appeared in both French and English, Judith Cowan starts with the everyday facts of experience. She has a strong, sure sense of the surfaces of contemporary life, but she also has a sense of the passions that lie beneath the surface. She can create the secret life of a policeman, the easy conscience of a criminal, the love of a bar-room piano-player for his children. These are austere stories, but they are resonant with meaning and they all speak directly from the heart.
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