“The 10 instantly immersive tales in Tessa Hadley’s latest meticulously observed collection zoom forward and back decades, resulting in rich complexity, breadth and satisfying closure – rare in short fiction.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Tessa Hadley serves up the bitter along with the delicious in these 10 stories.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
Tessa Hadley is the critically acclaimed author of six novels and has proven time and time again that she is a master storyteller. She is a champion at building complex depths in deceptively simple scenarios.
Her novel, Bad Dreams and Other Stories is yet another one of her masterful works. She brings together a collection of short stories that takes mundane situations and elevates them to surprising exceptionalism.
Contained within the novel’s pages are several stories containing craftily developed characters. These include two sisters battling over an inheritance and a baby, a housekeeping uncovering the staggering secrets of the past of the elder gentleman that she cares for and a child who awakes in the night to explore the rooms of her homes made hauntingly strange by the darkness.
These are only a few of the strange and twisting scenarios portrayed in these pages and they are all equally riveting. Tessa Hadley showcases the very real things that happen to everyday people, their mysterious dreams and desires, and the accidents that befall them. Her words show the impact of how the careless decisions of the stories’ protagonists, made in the crucial moments of a transitioning life, have resounding effect.
According to Lily King, author of Euphoria, Tessa Hadley “puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own. She is a true master”.
Author of The Past, Hadley “crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural” says the Washington Post.
Bad Dreams and Other Stories is the recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an NPR Best Book of the Year awards.