In these twelve stories
a brain injured young man rebels against his diminished life, a doorman at one of London’s exclusive hotels impersonates a deceased client, a retired banker tries to renew his importance by sculpting and erecting an enormous spire in his front yard, a young wife discovers the betrayal going on under her own roof, and in the concluding story railing against her daughter’s self-destructive life and wasted potential, the grieving mother longs to recapture the past. The characters in this short story collection are possessed by varying degrees of obsession and madness. The loneliness, longing and emptiness that lead to the search for meaning and connection in the midst of tumultuous personal change are achieved in unusual ways. From diverse walks of life and settings, young and old, the characters’ every love relationship, every betrayal tests their assumptions and reshapes the future.
Eliza Sherlock worked in the insurance business while writing fiction in her spare time. Her part-time creative pursuit became a full-time endeavor in 2013 when she left to begin a writing career. This debut short story collection marks her first published work. Her short stories have been accepted by Liphar and she is presently refining three completed novels.
An art enthusiast, she is a patron and collector, supporting artistic endeavor in its many forms. In addition to her love for the written word, she focuses upon painting, sculpture, and the performing arts. Extensive travel has taken her abroad where she explores the historical, architectural and artistic heritage of the countries she visits. A first generation American of British descent, her mother is from Bradford, Yorkshire and her father is from London. They made their life in Hartford, Connecticut where Eliza and her sisters grew up. Educated in Connecticut and the United Kingdom, she met her husband while studying in England. They have made their life in the United States and return regularly to England. Eliza and her husband live in Farmington, Connecticut.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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