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Dark Roots

By Cate Kennedy

Dark Roots
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  • Paperback: Feb 2008,
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This may be Cate Kennedy's first collection, but she's won prizes for her short fiction since 1994. One of her stories lost several Australian competitions – and then in 2006 won the biggest prize of them all: publication in The New Yorker. Unfortunately, short stories fall somewhere just above poetry and below everything else in terms of their ability to generate sales, which is painful news for the short-story-lover -- and even more devastating for the short story writer. As Kennedy lamented in a 2006 interview with the Australian newspaper The Age, "[Editors] say 'I love this, but I can't get it past the accountants'. That worries me, I don't want that to happen. Even an editor at a literary publishing house said, 'We all think these are fantastic, but we just can't sell them'... But a lot of people say to me, Where can I get your stories?' And there are so many fantastic writers out there practicing the short story form. When I judge competitions, I...

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