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Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees
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Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees
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A collection of stories united by the themes of pleasure, passion, jealousy and revenge.

A collection of stories united by the themes of pleasure, passion, jealousy and revenge.

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  • Patricia Duncker teaches writing and nineteenth-and twentieth-century literature at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is the author of two previous novels, Hallucinating Foucault, which won Dillon's First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize for best first novel, and The Doctor, as well as a collection of stories, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 30, 1998
    "Cursed with a vivid imagination," the woman in the story "Aria Nova" (who has her "briefest and most extraordinary affair" waltzing in her Doc Martens with a stranger in the Montparnasse metro) mirrors her creator, Duncker (Hallucinating Foucault), a Welsh academic and novelist who lives in France. This collection of 13 tales is honed by precise, hard and luminous wordcraft. In "The Crew of M6," a Parisian film crew, in the south of France to interview a group of articulate lesbians, gets caught in the women's eerie web. The incantatory monologue "A Woman Alone" introduces a femme fatale who makes Billy Joel's "Modern Woman" sound like June Cleaver. Perhaps the most successful of these stories is the novella "The Arrival Matters," which follows a young girl's initiation into a dark world of powerful women and the musician/magician who obeys them. The title story is the anomaly of the collection: a gentle, vivid memory of two beloved lemon trees in a wartime snowstorm. For all her feminist engagement, Duncker's vision is precise and miniature. She sets severe limits on her fiction, most notably excluding strong, admirable men and any love even momentarily separable from power. This closed system accounts for both the vivid life contained between the covers and the sense of release that many readers will feel when they turn the last page.

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