'In The Best Australian Stories 2014, Patrick White Award–winning author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes raw, and always a ‘shot of adrenaline to the mind and heart’, this collection features exciting new voices alongside the established and admired.'
'The edges of reality blur in a corporate lawyer’s tale of working in a 1200-storey glass tower. A prized coffee table becomes the focus of a father’s anxieties and frustrations. Tense and fractured lines of communication shape the life of an interpreter on Christmas Island. Imaginative, remarkable, intimate – this unmissable anthology celebrates the art of consummate storytelling.' (Source: Publisher's Blurb)
'The new coffee table was an event. It was meant to be a prized relic...'
'An aging actress looks out at the view from her hotel room: a shopping centre, KFC, a discount garage; the Pacific Ocean somewhere behind it all. A city that feels too big or too small (compared to the country, compared to London). You can't get lost. Her phone makes the sound of a Bernard Herrmann score...' (Publication abstract)
'The routine task of transporting Jimmy Sugar to attend sorry business in Adelaide River takes Ray Cunningham on a detour into the old man’s country, where simple events take on new meaning.'
Source: Description from the 2013 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers shortlist (https://overland.org.au/2013/10/shortlist-for-the-2013-short-story-prize/)