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Introducing Ride the Tortoise: Liesl Jobson’s Latest Collection of Short Stories

Ride the TortoiseNew from Jacana, Ride the Tortoise by Liesl Jobson:

In this long-awaited collection, Liesl Jobson, internationally acclaimed for her mastery of the very short “flash fiction” form, turns to the longer form of the short story. In places, the author experiments with the narrative structure by crafting together snapshots in a collage form. Elsewhere, she retains the more conventional story line.

She writes with panache and hypnotic honesty about topics as diverse as anorexia, cleaning the oven, the terror of losing a child, exile, infidelity and desire. Few writers are as assured in traversing the terrain of loss and fear. Yet there is quirky humour and sly surprise in these stories told from the perspectives of the policewoman, art teacher, athlete, bassoonist, lover and mother. Treat yourself: these dark chocolate and bitter orange stories are erotic, edgy and wise.

About the author

Liesl Jobson is South Africa’s queen of the flash fiction form, and won the Ernst van Heerden Award for 100 Papers, her debut collection. Her poetry and short works have been published in numerous local and international journals. A contributing editor to Books LIVE, she also edits the South African domain of Poetry International. She has two children, rows on the ocean, and plays the bassoon. This is her first collection of longer short stories.

This book has been published by the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF), which seeks to promote and foster excellent writing from South and southern Africa, and to advance the writing of fiction in the region. This has been enabled by generous funding from the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative (MAGI)

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Paige</a>
    February 19th, 2013 @09:22 #

    Congratulations Liesl, looking forward to picking up a copy.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    February 19th, 2013 @09:34 #

    Me too! Really looking forward to this.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 19th, 2013 @11:43 #

    Hurrah, it's here! I was the lucky fish who edited these -- wonderful to see Liesl flexing her muscles in these longer short-story forms.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 19th, 2013 @17:17 #

    Delighted by this news, Liesl :)


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