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'Owen Marshall has established himself as one of the masters of the short story.' - Livres Hebdo, Paris

Shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards, these 25 stories are at once arresting, moving, funny and full of insight into the human condition.

Being a celebrity impersonator, says Aussie Elton John, is like living your life as a moon. 'We give up our identity and become just a reflection of another personality, like the moon having no fire of its own and being just a pale reflection of the sun when it's not there.'

This collection of stories from master short fiction writer Owen Marshall is rich with people exploring their identities and how they are affected by others. There is Patrick, whose life is radically altered by a random encounter with a killer; widowed Margaret, who faces a new kind of existence alone; David, who experiences the 'spontaneous and passing friendship of strangers'; Ian, whose wife's demands for a better lifestyle lead him to a new career in telephone sex. Set in both Europe and the Antipodes, these stories will be savoured long after reading.

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    9781869792527

    November 1, 2011

    Random House New Zealand

    304 pages

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Love as a Stranger
A Many Coated Man
Carnival Sky
Sojourn in Arles
The Larnachs
Essential New Zealand Short Stories
Drybread
Harlequin Rex

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