Bad Dreams and Other Stories

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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 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.


"Her meticulously observed, extraordinarily perceptive stories are as satisfying as Alice Munro's. Yes, Hadley is that good.... Instantly immersive.... Unlike many short story writers, who serve up slices of life cut so thin you're left craving more, Hadley offers both rich complexity and satisfying closure."--Heller McAlpin, NPR
"Marvelous.... Every situation captivates; every carefully chosen word rings true."--People
"Like Murakami, Tessa Hadley's marvelous new collection, 'Bad Dreams and Other Stories' scrutinizes difficult, messy relationships.... Hadley demonstrates how brief, powerful relationships can forever change people.... Deliciously, Hadley's characters also practice the art of deceit, unaware how stacked lies will eventually topple over onto them."--Don Waters, San Francisco Chronicle
"These consummately crafted tales reveal Hadley's unflinching audacity and her peerless gift for revealing ourselves as we are, not as we wish to be."
"Quietly explosive short stories that reveal, with unsparing precision, the epic drama simmering beneath the mundanity of everyday life.... Achingly lovely, though never sentimental, Hadley's collection renders common lives with exquisite grace."--Kirkus, starred review
"Remarkably precise and perceptive.... In subtly insightful and observant prose, Hadley writes brilliantly of the words and gestures that pass unnoticed 'in the intensity of [the] present' but echo without cease."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Masterful.... Each story is more memorable than the next as Hadley seduces readers with a reassuring gentleness that craftily covers the steely danger that lies within each flawed and fragile relationship."--Booklist
"Hadley is so insightful, such a lovely writer, that she pulls you right into the tangle of wires that connect and trip up the stressed siblings. She makes you feel for these imperfect people, want to scold them, and ultimately accept them as they are. Just like family."--Kim Hubbard, People, Book of the week, on The Past
"Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book. She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts."--Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, on The Past
"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."--Heller McAplin, San Francisco Chronicle, on Married Love
"Hadley's genius and Gregory's splendid performance have given us an audiobook that can be listened to over and over again."--Washington Post (Audio Edition)
"It is impossible to overstate how much I admire the work of Tessa Hadley; her mastery of the smallest gestures on the page is breathtaking and her ability to weave a symphonic whole time after time thrilling. Every story in this collection is beautiful, precise, expansive, and a joy."--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest