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Hitting Trees with Sticks
ISBN: 978 1 905583 45 4
Categories: 21st Century, British, Women
Imprint: Comma Press
Published: October 2012
198 x 129 x 12 mm
Publisher: Comma Press
The characters in Jane Rogers’ first short story collection are each blessed with an unwavering conviction. Buoyed up on self-belief, they enthuse, take calculated risks, and refuse to be deterred by the odds stacked against them. But just as Rogers’ compassion as a writer endears us to their cause, her keen eye shows how fine the balance can be between conviction and self-delusion. At times, her subject seems to be the fallibility of any point of view, the persistence of blind spots no matter how careful or intelligent the viewer. Hers are not unreliable narrators, merely human ones – diverse, contradictory, imperfect. Indeed it is often their flaws that beguile us.
Awards won by Jane Rogers Winner, 2013 Edge Hill Short Story Prize
(Hitting Trees with Sticks)
'Enjoyable to the point of addiction.'
Mslexia 'Rogers displays a knack for drawing on life's subtle and uncanny parallels.'
TLS 'A set of cliche-free stories that rarely end up where you'd expect.'
The Independent 'A fitting nod to the glory of fiction.'
The Guardian 'Warm, wise, insightful, sharply observed and beautifully written â each story is a world in microcosm.'
Marina Lewycka 'Thrilling, ambitious stories that cross continents and soar from cells to stars.'
Maggie Gee 'There is nothing predictable about a Jane Rogers story. She has the confidence and skill to inhabit many different voices and different worlds. She slides the reader, in imagination, to a snow-bound France, to Africa, to the Caribbean: she takes us into offices and libraries, under the sea and into the forest, and also into the vast untrodden country of memory that we carry around inside. Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating.'
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