Sunstroke and Other Stories
Author: Tessa Hadley
A Picador Paperback Original
Tessa Hadley's stories trace the currents of desire, desperation, and mischief that that lie hidden inside domestic relationships.
A mother hears her son's confession that he's cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with a professor and initiates an affair with a man who looks just like him. A boy on a seaside vacation realizes that a grown-up woman is pressing dangerously close.
In Tessa Hadley's Sunstroke and Other Stories, everyone conspires to hold the loving and stable surface of family life together, as old secrets and new appetites threaten to blow it apart.
In The News
“Miraculous . . . Deft and resonant, [these stories] encapsulate moments of hope and humiliation in a kind of shorthand of different lives lived. Hadley never fails to surprise.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Tessa Hadley's gift as a writer is so considerable that her characters' revelations and predicaments linger in the mind long after her narrative has darted off in other directions.” —Alice Traux, The New York Times Book Review
“A warm novel that follows the contours of four generations of a family and, in the end, shows us ourselves.” —Associated Press on Everything Will Be All Right
“Marvelously intricate . . . Hadley's intelligence puts her in the company of Carol Shields and Doris Lessing.” —The Boston Globe on Accidents in the Home