New from JHU Press: Cake by Tristan
In his debut collection of short stories, JHU
Writing Seminars senior lecturer
Tristan Davies explores the complexities of love and
relationships in contemporary society in tales that are
impressionistic and dreamlike. Linked by a sense of regret,
these characters are at the mercy of their desires and
uncertain longings, often with disastrous results. The
imagery in these compact and highly visual stories ranges
from the everyday to the surreal, each presenting a
psychological turning point in their characters' lives,
often just a fleeting moment, sometimes more bitter than
Acclaimed novelist and short storyist Stephen Dixon,
Davies' colleague at the Writing Seminars, describes the
stories in Cake as "a cross between John Cheever and
Evelyn Waugh, with a bit of F. Scott Fitzgerald joined in.
They're witty, urbane, funny, poignant and sophisticated.
Tristan is a writer with a graceful and immediately
readable style and an original, spirited and incisive take
on contemporary life, and Cake is a strong and
impressive literary debut." (September, 156 pages, $25.95
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