The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Lively, Penelope
Subject:  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Viking
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.63in
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From The Publisher*A glimmering collection of new short fiction from the Booker Prize winner

"Lively writes with an astringent blend of sympathy and detachment, emotional wisdom and satiric wit." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In such acclaimed novels as The Photograph, Family Album, and How It All Began, Penelope Lively has captivated readers with her singular blend of wisdom, elegance, and humor. Now, in her first story collection in decades, Lively takes up themes of history, family, and relationships across varied and vividly rendered settings.

In the title story, a Mediterranean purple swamp hen chronicles the secrets and scandals of Quintus Pompeius's villa, culminating with his narrow escape from the lava and ash of Vesuvius. "Abroad" captures the low point of an artist couple's tumultuous European road trip, trapped in a remote Spanish farmhouse and forced to paint a family mural and pitch in with chores to pay for repairs to their broken-down car. Other stories reveal friends and lovers in fateful moments of indiscretion, discovery, and even retribution-as in "The Third Wife," when a woman learns her husband is a serial con artist and turns a house-hunting trip into an elaborately staged revenge trap.

Each of these delightful stories is elevated by Lively's signature graceful prose and eye for the subtle yet powerfully evocative detail. Wry, charming, and keenly insightful, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories is a masterful achievement from one of our most beloved writers.
Review Quote*Praise for Penelope Lively

"One of our most talented writers."
-The New York Times Book Review

"A consummate storyteller."
-The Seattle Times

"In her own late seventies now, with a legion of regular readers and newcomers with every book, Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect."
-The Boston Globe

"Witty, gentle-humored, sharp . . . Lively is a keen observer and an engaging narrator."
-NPR's All Things Considered
Biographical NotePenelope Lively is an award-winning novelist and author of children's literature. She received the Booker Prize for her novel Moon Tiger and wide acclaim for The Photograph and How It All Began. Lively is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She lives in London.