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Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Abduction" by Tessa Hadley

"Abduction" Tessa Hadley  (2012, 8 pages)

Tessa Hadley is a a highly regarded novelist and short story writer.

Official biography

Tessa Hadley teaches on the MA in Creative Writing, both workshops and a courses on The Short Story. 

She has written four novels, Accidents in the Home, published by Jonathan Cape in February 2002, and by Holt in the US (this was longlisted for the Guardian First Book award); Everything Will Be All Right, Holt 2003, Cape 2004 (shortlisted for the Encore Award); The Master Bedroom, Cape and Holt, 2007 (longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Welsh Book of the Year award), and The London Train, Cape and Harper Collins in the US, 2011 (longlisted for the Orange Prize). She has stories published regularly in The New Yorker, and also in Granta and the Guardian; a collection, Sunstroke and other stories, was published in January 2007. 

She has written a book on Henry James, Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002, and reviews regularly for the London Review of Books and the Guardian.

  My main purpose in this post is to let my readers know that they can read one of her short stories for free in a recent online edition of The New Yorker.  The Story "Abduction", about a late teenage girl, is not scary a story as the title makes it sound.   It is about the day, in the 1960s,  an affluent young woman from Surrey, England lost her virginity, how she deals with the event and how it hangs over the rest of her life. Any need for a blog post on this story was eliminated by an excellent Q and A with the author in The New Yorker that answers any questions one could possibly have about the story.

You can read "Abduction" here

Mel u

1 comment:

valerie sirr said...

Thanks for that link, Mel. Looking forward to reading it. I admire her short stories.