Several Deceptions

by Jane Stevenson

Acclaimed in England, these wicked and wonderfully entertaining novellas deal with the infinite human capacity for deception and self-deception. The four stories in this remarkably assured work are beautifully shaped and deftly plotted; each is narrated by a richly distinctive voice, and each ends with a genuine surprise. The themes are wide-ranging: the mysteries of identity, the pitfalls of intellectual arrogance, the damage wrought by cleverness, the role of time in human affairs.

SEVERAL DECEPTIONS is a dazzling debut; it gleams with intelligence and wit.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618049332
  • ISBN-10: 0618049339
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 09/19/2000
  • Carton Quantity: 48
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  • About the Book
    Acclaimed in England, these wicked and wonderfully entertaining novellas deal with the infinite human capacity for deception and self-deception. The four stories in this remarkably assured work are beautifully shaped and deftly plotted; each is narrated by a richly distinctive voice, and each ends with a genuine surprise. The themes are wide-ranging: the mysteries of identity, the pitfalls of intellectual arrogance, the damage wrought by cleverness, the role of time in human affairs.

    SEVERAL DECEPTIONS is a dazzling debut; it gleams with intelligence and wit.

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    "Four exquisitely crafted novellas introduce a brilliant new writer." --Harpers & Queen

    “An impressive first collection . . . These stories are refreshingly, unapologetically erudite. They are also extremely funny.”

    Observer

    “Here is a gossipy, smart, critical, intellectual, high-spirited and literate voice. It is like a secret retreat where readers can simply rejoice in intelligent, stylish prose.”

    Times Literary Supplement

    "Witty . . . cultured and ironic . . . lavish and precise at evoking place through culture and language."

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    "Like a small box of chocolate truffles, these delicious novellas. . . should be carried in a handbag or briefcase . . . for a quick hit of wit or the jolt of a . . . clever surprise ending." USA Today

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