Why She Loves Him

These are tales of fugitive lives: dazzling portraits of women and men on the run; from their present, their past, their future – from themselves… Here, finally, is the complete collection of short fiction from award-winning author Wendy James. Holding a discerning mirror to seemingly ordinary lives, James captures recurring themes of love, betrayal, passion and guilt to show just how vulnerable and intricate the human heart really is. Whether narrating from the living room of a contemporary marriage, from the wheel of a desperate getaway car, or while composing an elaborate diversion in 18th century Salzburg, James has the rare ability to wryly comment on humankind with unnerving clarity and precision.

ISBN: 99781921401190
ISBN-10: 1921401192
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8
Weight: 232g
Edition Number: 1

Robert Lumsden - Adelaide Review

What quiet confidence, what an honest setting down of things as they are, nothing extenuating … This is a gifted story-teller and these are unusually arresting stories.

Felicity Plunkett

Emotionally astute, vivid and eloquent, underpinned by eroticism, James’s fiction traces the contours of her characters’ lives as they grapple with responsibility, freedom, and love, propelled by multifarious desires. These fresh, sensuous stories are by turns witty, perceptive and coruscating, many with a delicious wry twist.

Bookseller and Publisher

…absolutely amazing … There is something for everyone in this fantastic book.

Sara Dowse - Canberra Times

…a penetrating picture of our life and times … a knockout.

WHO Magazine

From single page tales to the long sequence that ends the book, James’s sure hand leads us through sometimes harrowing, sometimes redemptive moments in her beautifully rounded characters’ lives.