'In this companion to The Wilful Eye, Catherine Bateson, Victor Kelleher, Cate Kennedy, Maureen McCarthy and Nan McNab, along with British author Kate Thompson, give fresh voice to age-old stories of abandonment, desire and entrapment.'
Crows Nest:Allen and Unwin,2011
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Brunswick:Scribe,2012Z18914662012selected work short story 'From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour. In 'Laminex and Mirrors', a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor's orders. In 'Cross-Country', a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex's new life. And in 'Ashes', a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father's remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background.
'Cate Kennedy's poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.' (From the publisher's website.)