This provocative collection of short stories charts the growth of a generation from the liberating irreverence of the late 1970s to the dilemmas of responsibility and fidelity of the 1990s. The stories resonate with Hanif Kureishi's dead-on observations of human passion and folly, his brilliant depiction of seedy locales and magical characters, and his original, wicked sense of humor.
Hanif Kureishi won the prestigious Whitbread Prize for The Buddha of Suburbia and was twice nominated for Oscars for best original screenplay (My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus, which starred Peter O’Toole). In 2010 Kureishi received the prestigious PEN/Pinter Prize. He lives in London.
Laura Miller The New York Times Book Review [Kureishi's] got the master touch when it comes to making us feel we've been thrust into the thick of things....Kureishi's love of the world has always been the heartbeat of his work.
Jonathan Levi Los Angeles Times A writer with Renaissance talent and Rabelaisian energy.
David L. Ulin Chicago Tribune Kureishi's willingness to set these pieces within a broader social framework gives them a breadth, a texture by which they may be enlarged.
Carey Harrison San Francisco Chronicle Kureishi...knows both sides of the street and applies to them a cultured prose...combining the restlessness of Chekhov with the grim accuracy of apocalyptically minded American contemporaries like Robert Stone.