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Book Title: My Mother Was An Upright Piano|
The author of the book: Tania Hershman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 738 KB
Edition: Tangent Books
Date of issue: May 3rd 2012
ISBN 13: 9781906477608
Read full description of the books My Mother Was An Upright Piano:My Mother Was An Upright Piano is a collection of flash fictions, most of them shorter than one thousand words.
The title is apt since many of the stories are about family relationships, often mothers and daughters. The mother-daughter stories are very personal, intimate, honest and touching, such as The Lion and the Meteorite Can Never Touch You and Trams and Pies.
Hershman is an expert in describing family relations and she does it needing no more than a few hundred words (Under the Tree, The Family, My Mother Was An Upright Piano). These are small stories with a big impact.
I also loved the stories about sisters in Ankle Socks and Hair in Bunches and of best friends in Graveside.
Some of the stories in this collection are deliciously surreal, such as Like Owls, Tiny Red Heart and In Triplicate.
Others are satirical and darkly funny. I enjoyed the social satire of the opening story The Google 250 and Underground, the art criticism in Containing Art, the satire of friendship in Retreating, I Retreated, and the gender stings in The Tragedy of Tragic Men.
Relationships is another theme in the collection, such as the quantum romance in If and the fast forward modern-day fling in At Camden Town He Said He Loved Me.
Some stories made me wish we could have known more about the narrator, such as My Flickering Self. Other stories are so intriguing I would have liked to see more of the aftermath of the events, such as Beam Line. But there is no doubt that Hershman is an expert of the very short story.
The themes in the collection are nicely cohesive and the voice and narrative structure well varied. I’ve had the pleasure of reading many of these stories in their individual publication, but reading them all together for a full impression of the author’s warm voice and deft descriptions, was even better.
Read information about the authorMy poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, is published and available! My debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions, will be published by Nine Arches Press in July 2017, and a third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, by Unthank Books in May 2017.
What I’m up to now
I co-edited – together with Pippa Goldschmidt – an anthology of short stories inspired by the 100th birthday of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, I Am Because You Are, and I co-authored Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, Dec 2014) together with Courttia Newland.
I have written a book – as the main part of my PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University – a book-length creative work inspired by particle physics, which will include short stories, poems, and other undefinables. I am also constantly adding new recordings to my SoundCloud page if you’d like to hear me reading some of my work.
I am curator of ShortStops, a website whipping up excitement about UK & Ireland short story activity, and was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows for the faculties of science at Bristol University. I was a 2014 Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence and judge of the 2014 Bridport Flash Fiction Prize. I collaborated for the Bristol Festival of Ideas with military historian Jeremy Banning, the fruits of which you can see at LeavingTheLine.com.
How I Got Here
Born in London in 1970, I moved to Jerusalem in 1994. After making a living for 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED and NewScientist, I gave it all up to write fiction, and am now based in Bristol, UK.
My first collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and contains flash fiction and short stories inspired by science. My second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books and contains fifty six very short fictions. My first book of poetry, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, won 2nd prize in the Fool For Poetry chapbook contest and was published by Southword Editions in Feb 2016.
My stories and poems have won various prizes, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 & performed. I teach regularly for the Arvon Foundation.
I was writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University from 2009-2012, and received an Arts Council England grant to work on a short story collection inspired by a year spent in a biochemistry lab. I am also the founder of The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors, though am no longer involved in its activities.
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