The Ends of Our Tethers is the first work of fiction in seven years
by Alasdair Gray. Wonderful and often very funny, this new
collection reaffirms Gray as a master of the short story. In "No
Bluebeard," a reclusive man, the veteran of three marriages, meets
a disturbed and eccentric woman desperate to remain hidden from her
family. In "Job's Skin Game," a man develops a skin condition in
response to losing his two sons in the Twin Towers and his fortune
in the dot-com meltdown. The exquisite pleasure he derives from
scratching and peeling his dead epidermis becomes his sole
preoccupation. "Well-being" offers a politically charged dystopian
vision of a future Britain as seen through the eyes of a
once-revered writer. He is now homeless yet stubbornly refuses to
move to a more hospitable country: "There are better ways of living
than being happy but they require strength and sanity." Beautifully
produced and illustrated throughout with Gray's distinctive
drawings, The Ends of Our Tethers is vintage Gray-accessible,
experimental, mischievous, wide-ranging, beautifully written, and
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||194 x 122 x 19mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
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