Fascination

Stories

By William Boyd
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400078493, 277pp.)

Publication Date: March 14, 2006

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Description
One of the most beguiling storytellers on either side of the Atlantic delivers a luminous new collection whose 14 stories are a series of variations on the theme of love-and its shady cousin lust. A film director's journal becomes an unintended chronicle of his deepening and ruinous obsession with a leading lady ("Notebook No. 9"). While flying business class, a well-behaved English architect feels the chill onset of an otherworldly visitation that will shatter his family and career ("A Haunting"). An unhappy young boy, neglected by both his father and adulterous mother, finds an unexpected friend in an elderly painter ("Varengeville"). Wise, unsettling, humane, and endlessly surprising, "Fascination" lives up to its title on every page, while confirming William Boyd's stature as a writer of incandescent talent.



About the Author
William Boyd is the author of eight novels, including A Good Man in Africa," "An Ice Cream War and Any Human Heart. Born in Ghana, Africa in 1952, Boyd often sets his novels in far-off exotic locations in the tradition of Graham Greene. From Manila to the deep American South, Boyd's novels traverse time and place exploring the human condition. A former Oxford lecturer in English literature, Boyd's writing bares the hallmark of meticulous historical research. His works have received several awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Boyd has also penned thirteen screenplays that have been turned into film. William Boyd currently lives with his wife Susan in London and southwest France.

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