Field Study

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Field Study, Rachel Seiffert

From the author of The Dark Room comes a strikingly powerful collection of stories exploring themes of guilt, love and sacrifice with a haunting emotional precision.With a range of settings as diverse as the Scottish seaside and post-Communist eastern Germany Seiffert uses the locations of these stories to bring her characters into relief. Powerfully evoking our human need for connection. Field Study takes us on journeys that demonstrate both the fragility and adaptability of our emotions, as well as the vast potential for danger and vulnerability created by all types of love - familial, platonic or romantic. Seiffert isolates and captures not only the underlying and compelling sorrow of love, but also the joy and desire for that love that keeps us alive.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099461784
    Published: 02/05/2005
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 272 pages
  • EBook
    ISBN: 9781407091969
    Published: 01/07/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 272 pages
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"Rachel Seiffer's short stories excel at depicting the awkwardness and confusions of life...and all are created with the same confidence and skill she showed in her Booker nominated novel the Dark Room" - Sian Stott, Telegraph

Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert

The daughter of an Australian father and a German mother, Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford and later moved to London. Her novel The Dark Room was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also written an acclaimed collection of short stories, Field Study.