The elegantly conceived, intimate stories of The House at Belle Fontaine span the better part of the twentieth century and almost every continent, revealing apprehensions, passions, secrets, and tragedies among lovers, spouses, landlords and tenants, and lifelong friends. In her crisp and penetrating prose, Tuck delicately probes at the lives of her characters as they navigate exotic locales and their own hearts: an artist learns that her deceased husband had an affair with their young houseguest; a retired couple strains to hold together their forty-year-old marriage on a ship bound for Antarctica; and a French family flees to Lima in the 1940s with devastating consequences for their daughter's young nanny.
All published or soon to be in prestigious literary quarterlies including the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011, these tales make up a crowning collection by one of our most revered American authors.
"Starred Review. The 10 stories ... are compact, intense, and finely crafted." - Publishers Weekly
"Remarkable for its technical expertise ... Impressive work from a virtuoso." - Kirkus
"Starred Review. Tuck's agility and grace as a storyteller are quietly evident throughout her impressive collection. This is a writer atthe top of her form." - Library Journal
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The House at Belle Fontaine
A very good grouping of stories, I love the way she writes. She is spare with her words, yet they are jarring nonetheless. These are stories of people at a crossroads, mainly women and set in foreign lands. Many times there is a choice and the choice they make determines their futures. I found the ending of one "Bloomsday in Bangkok' left me with such an incredible and horrifying image, that I actually dreamed about it last night. Don't get me wrong these are not horror stories by any means, it's just the normal creepiness one gets when confronted with different cultures. Well done.
Born in Paris, Lily Tuck is the author of Interviewing Matisse or The Woman Who Died Standing Up (1991); The Woman Who Walked on Water (1996); Siam or the Woman Who Shot a Man: A Novel (1999); The News From Paraguay (2004), winner of the 2004 National Book Award; and I Married You For Happiness (2011). She is also the author of a book of short stories entitled Limbo, or Other Places I Have Lived (2002) and a biography, Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante (2002). Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Fiction, and the Antioch Review. She divides her time between Maine and New York City and has lived in Thailand, Uruguay and Peru.
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