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Twice selected for Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists, winner of the 2007 Costa Book Award for her acclaimed novel Day (“Day is a novel of extraordinary complexity”—The New York Review of Books), which was also chosen as one of New York magazine’s top ten books of the year—the internationally revered A. L. Kennedy returns with a story collection whose glorious wit and vitality make this a not-to-be-missed addition to the canon of one of our most formidable young writers.

No one captures the spirit of our times like A. L. Kennedy, with her dark humor, poignant hopefulness, and brilliant evocation of contemporary social and spiritual malaise. In the title story, a man abandons his indifferent wife and wanders into a small-town movie theater where he finds himself just as invisible as he was at home. In the masterfully comic “Saturday Teatime,” a woman trying to relax in a flotation tank is hijacked by memories of her past. In “Whole Family with Young Children Devastated,” a woman, inadvertently drawn into a stranger’s marital dysfunction, meditates on the failings of modern life as seen through late-night television and early-morning walks.

Powerful and funny, intimate and profound, the stories in What Becomes are further proof that Kennedy is one of the most dazzling and inventive writers of her generation.

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Author: A. L. Kennedy
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: April 06, 2010
Language: English
ISBN: 0307273547
Product Length: 8.66 inches
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Product Weight: 0.74 pounds
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5My Favorite Collection of Short Stories  Jun 18, 2012
By Frankie French
I happened across this at the library, read it, and promptly bought it to read again--it is that good. I recommend it to anyone writing short stories or interested in a literary/quality read.

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2Almost does not count.  Jan 09, 2011
By Pamela J. Lindsay
In each of the short stories the reader can "sort of" see where the author is going (sort of), but in most of these stories she never gets to a place of consistency or clarity. I found it difficult to continue to read this book and put it down several times due to lack of interest. Generally when reading a book the reader can capture the essence of the writing and provide a coherent description of the book's contents. In the case of "What Becomes" the stories and the book itself just seem to fall apart leaving no productive impact or impression upon the reader except boredom and irritation. The book was disappointing and as the reader I was left hanging wanting more from the stories than bland words about how wrong life can be.

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3A variety of stories that fail to impact  Jan 30, 2011
By T. ORourke
This was a highly rated collection of stories (on several best books of the year lists) I read while in Africa with little else to do. Some of the stories are intriguing for their use of language and topics, but nothing here comes close to the finer writers in this genre like Alice Munro. There is some incredibly frank sexuality, some realistic portrayals of people on the fringes, but not much to make me want to read any more by this author or recommend this book to others. By the end I was very tired of it and happy to move on to something else.

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5Great Short Stories  Jul 06, 2010
By Ann C. Greenwood
The best short stories I've read in a long, long time. They have enough mystery to keep you wondering & enough compassion to tug at your heart strings. They never sidestep the ugliness or the beauty in all of us. An extremely worthwhile read.

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