The Booker Prize-winning author’s final short story collection “shows her at the top of her form…exquisite”—with an introduction by A.S. Byatt (The Guardian, UK).
Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the United Kingdom’s most highly-regarded contemporary authors. Her last novel, ‘The Blue Flower’, was the book of its year, garnering extraordinary acclaim around the world. This posthumous collection of her short stories, originally published in anthologies and newspapers, shows Penelope Fitzgerald at her very best.
From the tale of a young boy in 17th-century England who loses a precious keepsake and finds it frozen in a puddle of ice, to that of a group of buffoonish amateur Victorian painters on a trip to Brittany, these stories are characteristically wide ranging, enigmatic—and very funny. Each one is a miniature study of human behavior’s endless absurdity.