Married Love: And Other Stories

Tessa Hadley (Author)

Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
January 21, 2020
5.42 X 0.54 X 8.01 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author

Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University College. Her first novel, Accidents in the Home, which was excerpted in The New Yorker, was longlisted for The Guardian's First Book Award. She lives in Cardiff, Wales.


"Filled with exquisitely calibrated gradations and expressions of class, conducted with symphonic intensity and complexity....[An] understatedly beautiful collection....Extraordinarily well-made."--Stacey D'Erasmo, New York Times Book Review
"Hadley's best felt as she teases out the often dangerous crackles in the air and cracks in the heart. There's a louche tautness to her prose..."--Helen Davies, Sunday Times (London)
"[Hadley's stories] are often like movie clips of lives in transit, their small shifts of focus yielding up flashes of psychological insight. . . . Hadley excels at the domestic context, at pinpointing the particular quiddity on which an individual character turns; at marking the tiny swings of allegiance in human relationships."--Rachel Hore, The Independent
"One of the most interesting writer around....This collection shows a writer quietly growing in style, perception and grace. She conveys to the reader that rare ability to see completely into someone else's head."--Philip Womack, The Spectator
"Domestic relationships are the stuff of these delightfully understated, tightly sprung stories."--Fanny Blake, Woman and Home
"Married Love...could more accurately be described as a concentration, not a collection, of short stories. The stories here are, in effect, a dozen novels in miniature....There is a grand sweep and an emotional charge that brings to mind DH Lawrence."--Elena Seymenliyska, Daily Telegraph (London)
"There is not a lot of domestic bliss to be found in these finely rendered stories, but there are many small moments of everyday life made recognizable by an exceptional storyteller. Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"A subtly incisive vision and the ability to conjure full fictional scenarios in limited spaces characterize the new collection by a noted British writer....Shrewd, insightful, unpredictable, Hadley's stories successfully plumb the complicated daily deeps."--Kirkus
"Hadley's command of the telling detail, the unspoken riposte, and the subtle interpersonal struggles that fuel everyday human actions infuses this collection with both saucy fire and sobering fatalism."--Booklist
"Her talent is to take these small details of everyday life and build them into stirring narratives....Hadley gives space to the smallest emotional currents, allowing them to expand."--Susannah Meadows, New York Times
"Twisting her pen with words so skilled and a sensitivity so finely honed it takes mere fragments to convey the lifetime of a character to the reader, Hadley brings us twelve of the finest short stories in print today."--Andrea Huehnerhoff, Sacramento Book Review
"A feast of angst and disappointment."--Evening Standard (London)
"Hadley excels at the poignantly comic scene and the dangling ending that somehow still satisfies. These 12 touching tales showcase her gifts."--Meredith Maran, People (3 1/2 stars)
"What Hadley's stories share with Munro's is an extraordinary ability to capture whole worlds--the hopes, disappointments, complexity and arc of characters' lives--in concise prose that never feels rushed."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Hadley writes like a dream, even if some of her stories can haunt you like a nightmare....Hadley's measured, perfectly controlled prose masterfully chronicles her characters' turmoil; these stories are gemlike and unforgettable."--Boston Globe
"Only Alice Munro and Colm TΓ³ibin, among all the working short story writer I'm aware of, are so adept at portraying whole lives in a few thousand words. With Married Love, Hadley joins their company as one of the most clear-sighted chroniclers of contemporary emotional journeys."--Edmund Gordon, The Guardian