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Recommended by Gayle
‘Not a day goes past that I don't shake a fist at the sky and cry in despair, “When will Claire-Louise Bennett publish something new?!” Until my cries are answered, I'll make do with rereading Pond, Bennett's wildly brilliant and totally unique collection of stories following one woman living alone in the Irish countryside. EDIT: Claire-Louise Bennett has now written another book, and it’s better than I dreamt it could be.’
From the publisher
Feverish and forthright, Pond is an absorbing chronicle of the pitfalls and pleasures of a solitudinous life told by an unnamed woman living on the cusp of a coastal town. Broken bowls, belligerent cows, swanky aubergines, trembling moonrises and horrifying sunsets, the physical world depicted in these stories is unsettling yet intimately familiar and soon takes on a life of its own. Captivated by the stellar charms of seclusion but restless with desire, the woman's relationship with her surroundings becomes boundless and increasingly bewildering. Claire-Louise Bennett's startlingly original first collection slips effortlessly between worlds and is by turns darkly funny and deeply moving.