Sue Wilsea's witty, devastating and resonant short stories have been delighting readers for two decades, and built her reputation as one of Hull's foremost modern storytellers. Staying Afloat collects nineteen of her finest tales, of men, women and children, as they attempt to count their blessings, find their way, and keep their heads above water...
Always heart-breakingly recognisable, Sue's characters (whatever their moral standing) are also endlessly fascinating; their inner selves established from line one, but frequently never fully understood until the story's end – sometimes, not even then. Highlights include Stephen facing his mother's death, his father's insanity and 'Circle Time'; the unnamed narrator contemplating what led two of her friends to jump off the Humber Bridge; and Dick the Vic, whose unlikely adventures lead him from the ministry to a club known only as 'The Dirty Habit' – a story which must be read to be believed.
Sue's mastery of humour and drama will keep you entertained through every sentence, and with happy endings facing an equal team of less-than-happy, the book will keep you hooked until the very last word – which is, appropriately enough, 'maybe'.
'Sue’s sympathy for characters is, I think, to be found in some of the greatest short stories.'
— Daphne Glazer
‘Sue Wilsea’s writing is always sharp and enjoyable ... I am very glad to see her intriguing stories coming into print.’
— Romesh Gunesekera
'A tender journey into vulnerable yet beautiful lives ... delicate stories that open up bright worlds.'
— Martin Goodman
Date Published: 2012-07-02
Catalogue Number: VP0030
Number of Pages: 160
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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