Sudden Traveler: Stories


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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.2 inches | 0.15 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the prizewinning author of five novels and three short-story collections. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and the BBC National Short Story Award, among others.


"If you're one of those readers who resist short stories, then the title tale in this collection might just convince you otherwise ... This meditation on attachment and mortality is at once elemental and polished, compressed and expansive....Hall is a writer at the top of her game."--Mail on Sunday
"[Hall is] beloved by readers for her gorgeous lyricism and ability to delve into unexpected and illuminating tales of what it means to be human ... Take each story one by one and revel in Hall's unique voice."--Stylist (UK)
The writing is luminous from the first page...Slipping seamlessly between fantasy and reality, [SUDDEN TRAVELER] is an ambitious, powerful and, at times, deeply unsettling book."--Observer (UK)
"Written in a poetic prose and veering into fantasy, [Sarah Hall's] fluent new collection SUDDEN TRAVELER shows her sensational trademark themes of sexuality and mortality in various shapeshifting combinations ... vividly done and never less than readable, it is all a heady and viable mix of visceral and slick."--Sunday Times (London)
"To enter into a world created by Sarah Hall is to step into a landscape that is feral and alive....The seven stories in SUDDEN TRAVELER merit savoring slowly: several of them reward rereading. Hall's prose is briny and sensual....Her lyricism....reveals the influence of James Salter, but it's a voice, fierce and unapologetic, uniquely her own."--Financial Times
"Disorienting, existential, and yearning ."--Booklist Online
"Some of the best short fiction this year has to offer."
"The third collection from one of the finest writers of short stories in English spans grief, parenthood and women's agency ... and rewards rereading."--Financial Times, Books of the Year
"Queen of dark short fiction Sarah Hall brought us more expertly turned tales of sex, death and danger in Sudden Traveller."--Guardian, Best Fiction of 2019
"Hall's writing is, as ever, arresting, polished, charged with imagery, luscious and electric. Reading her in Sudden Traveller is like watching a fireworks display.... Always on display is a sense of concentrated, spiky, efficient power."--Times Literary Supplement (London)
"It's hard to believe that Sudden Traveler is only Sarah Hall's third short fiction collection. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize as a novelist, Hall seems to have made the short story genre explicitly her own....Altered states very much continue to be Hall's theme in this new book[, her] most personal and beautiful work yet."--New Statesman
"[Hall's] greatest gift is, through a blend of the carnal and the cerebral, to invoke a physical response, something atavistic, in the reader."--Spectator (UK)
"With their dark sensuality, Sarah Hall's magnificent stories have always had an unsettling quality, but her new collection, Sudden Traveler, is a particularly slinking, crepuscular beast."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"Sarah Hall is one of our most influential short story writers. Echoes of her dark magic realism, eco-apocalyptic landscapes, coolly sexual heroines and coiled, restrained, blackly ironic narrative voices are everywhere in the work of emerging writers."--Guardian