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<p>"A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence," (<em>New York Times Book Review</em>), Tessa Hadley is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including <em>The London Train</em>, a <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book. A regular contributor to <em>The New Yorker</em>, Hadley returns to the short story form in this brilliant collection, her first since the celebrated <em>Sunstroke and Other Stories</em>. <em>Married Love</em> showcases beautifully her formidable talent for writing domestic fiction that rises about the genre to become literary art.</p>
<strong>Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2012:</strong> Novels and stories being such different beasts, it's rare to find a writer gifted at both: the quick sketches and implications of a short piece; the steady build and satisfying arc of an extended one. Four-time novelist Tessa Hadley deftly handles any length, as her outstanding new collection confirms. Despite the book's title, <i>Married Love</i>, these dozen taut stories are decidedly unsentimental. In "Friendly Fire," a middle-aged mother cleans toilets in a warehouse, reflecting on her hapless husband and soldier son; in "Post Production," a film director dies suddenly in his kitchen, leaving a bizarre tangle of relationships behind. Hadley has a special talent for opening lines: "After the sex, he fell asleep," reads one. Only a writer at the top of her game could make you care what happens next. You will. --<i>Mia Lipman</i>