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Fidelity: Stories [Reading] ➹ Fidelity: Stories By Michael Redhill – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Redhill conjures up many unexpected twists in ten richly textured stories that range from the darkness of family silences to the hilarity of people caught in their own snares With his unflinching atte Redhill conjures up many unexpected twists in ten richly textured stories that range from the darkness of family silences to the hilarity of people caught in their own snares With his unflinching attention to emotional detail, Redhill proves once again to be a writer of considerable humanity and insight AL Kennedy.

  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Fidelity: Stories
  • Michael Redhill
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 0316734993

About the Author: Michael Redhill

Aka Inger Ash WolfeMichael Redhill is an American born Canadian poet, playwright and novelistBorn in Balti, Maryland, Redhill was raised in the metropolitan Toronto, Ontario area He pursued one year of study at Indiana University, and then returned to Canada, completing his education at York University and the University of Toronto He was on the editorial board of Coach House Press from to , and is currently the publisher and editor of the Canadian literary magazine BrickHis play, Building Jerusalem, depicts a meeting between Karl Pearson, Augusta Stowe Gullen, Adelaide Hoodless, and Silas Tertius Rand on New Year s Eve night just prior to the th century.



10 thoughts on “Fidelity: Stories

  1. David David says:

    Asks provocative questions throughout about the nature of fidelity Interesting from a Canadian perspective Nothing ends up as one might stereotypically expect.

  2. Bob Wake Bob Wake says:

    Reviewed in 2004 Canadian author Michael Redhill spent ten years writing his debut novel, Martin Sloane, published to wide acclaim in 2001 As if challenging himself to master the whole of Henry James s The Art of the Novel in one fell swoop, Redhill fashioned a meticulous and structurally flawless narrative Told largely through the first person voice of a female character recounting her love affair with an enigmatic artist who later disappears under ambiguous circumstances, Martin Sloane is t Reviewed in 2004 Canadian author Michael Redhill spent ten years writing his debut novel, Martin Sloane, published to wide acclaim in 2001 As if challenging himself to master the whole of Henry James s The Art of the Novel in one fell swoop, Redhill fashioned a meticulous and structurally flawless narrative Told largely through the first person voice of a female character recounting her love affair with an enigmatic artist who later disappears under ambiguous circumstances, Martin Sloane is that rare instance of an intelligent page turner that permits readers to respect themselves in the morning And now, in a collection titled Fidelity, Redhill exhibits a jeweler s precision in crafting short stories Not all of the ten pieces here are equally strong, and a few are burdened with unnecessary or arbitrary twists, but this is compelling work from a writer who is rapidly acquiring a must read reputation.Invariably cast as middle class denizens of dreary contemporary cityscapes, Redhill s characters are often disaffected and clueless to a fault In the story A Lark, a businessman on assignment in Calgary lapses into a casual affair with a coworker It was possible, it came to him, to be perfectly content in a marriage and still be capable of infidelity, and this surprised him The divorced Upstate New York couple depicted in Mount Morris reunite once a year for a drunken evening of escalating insults and desultory sex Their annual ritual growing stale, the ex wife bitterly confesses to her ex husband that she almost cheated on him when they were married I should have, she stingingly tells him, but my optimism made me stupid The author s background as a poet and playwright is seen to good effect in his sharp dialogue, which crackles with undercurrents of hostility and inarticulate yearnings He even manages the impressive feat of building tension and dread in a sixteen page story Split comprised entirely of aimless chitchat around a blackjack table at an Indian casino.While the less successful stories are diligent and workmanlike, admirers of Martin Sloane will expectof Redhill Overtly provocative themes seem to undermine the integrity of his oblique style The Victim, Who Cannot Be Named, for example, concerns a suburban couple who stumble across a sexually explicit video tape showing their teenage daughter cavorting with two classmates The story s execution never rises above movie of the week sensationalism In The Flesh Collectors, middle aged thrice married Nathan Roth is confronted with the frustrating predicament of his current wife s allergy to latex condoms He reluctantly consents to having a vasectomy Against the moral counsel of his rabbi who is littlethan a straight man for the story s jokey premise Roth considers a sperm bank donation to hedge his bets The protagonist s name is no doubt a sly nod to Philip Roth s torrentially randy fiction Redhill, however, lacks the prurient conviction and scabrous wit needed to kick start this kind of ribald material Only at the end, in a breathtaking denouement totally at odds with the sniggering tone that precedes it, does he find the astringent blend of farce and anguish that should have informed The Flesh Collectors from the beginning.Worth the price of the book is Human Elements, a beautifully modulated first person narrative of a depressed and love scarred poet named Russell Seeking Thoreauvian solitude in the woods, he rents a summer cabin beside a lake It s not long before his mopey tranquility is disrupted by a pair of bickering marine biologists tracking frogs along the water s edge After a particularly scalding argument, the woman of the team decamps to Russell s front yard and they begin a wary but oddly healing friendship cum courtship It s fitting that this is the final story in the collection As fine as some of the book s earlier pieces are, they read like apprentice work when compared to the novelistic detail and bruised emotionality Redhill brings to Human Elements No twisty plot turns this time, just the deep pleasure of reading a story whose characters behave in a believably unpredictable fashion Contemplating a frog s life limited to peripheral vision, Russell muses, Letting life come in from the side was a wise thing

  3. Emmyland Emmyland says:

    I picked this book up in a terribly disappointing bookshop in Malta, as only few of many in English I had little but no choice to purchase this one or a crime Fiction However this book surprised me, each short story is weird and wonderful, but if I was to criticise the endings are somewhat dead and sudden.

  4. Rena Graham Rena Graham says:

    Yes, he writes about real life in a real way, but his characters are loathsome, shallow, unaware human beings that I don t want to encounter either on the page or in real life Good writing, but who cares

  5. Carter Carter says:

    Fidelity is something that I think about often, so I enjoyed reading these stories, and seeing how the author fleshed it out in different ways.

  6. Paul Paul says:

    Good introspective relationship stories Nice length of short stories for quick read to pass time

  7. Maki Maki says:

    I did not really get the point in these short stories, not for me

  8. Rennie Rennie says:

    I read about half of the stories and only one of them felt accessible in that it did not require too much thinking as to what the point of the story might be.

  9. Christina M Rau Christina M Rau says:

    Lots of books have the title, Fidelity Michael Redhill takes a broader perspective on what that word actually means It involves frogs, sex tapes, scientific fact, roadkill, and vasectomies Some stories show that even thinking about being with someone other than your spouse is an act of infidelity not an uncontrollable dream, but an actual plan even if the plan isn t fully developed and is for some time in the distant future Some stories show that divorce is not the end of love, no matter th Lots of books have the title, Fidelity Michael Redhill takes a broader perspective on what that word actually means It involves frogs, sex tapes, scientific fact, roadkill, and vasectomies Some stories show that even thinking about being with someone other than your spouse is an act of infidelity not an uncontrollable dream, but an actual plan even if the plan isn t fully developed and is for some time in the distant future Some stories show that divorce is not the end of love, no matter the reasoning behind the divorce Some stories show that fidelity has nothing to do with marriage or love at its core it is, in essence, about loyalty and honesty in any form Redhill offers some good lessons about the relationships of human beings.That being said, reading Fidelity made me feel the way I felt when I watched The Squid And The Whale I felt absolutely awful About myself, about my past relationships, about my present relationships, about everyone I know, and about everyone I might meet I felt bad about being part of the human race But then, I felt redemption when I backed away from his parallel world His characters are not the people in my life Unlike them, I have the capacity to move on They re stuck in the pages

  10. Timothy Timothy says:

    The collection of short stories is loosely tied together by the thread of marriage, children and love The stories are set in a variety of spots known to Redhill includng Mount Morris NY caveat Redhill does not think highly of our local town to European trains and apartments Redhill is a gifted writer and deftly exposes the emotions hidden beneath everyday life.

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