Author(s): A.L. Kennedy
The twelve stories in Indelible Acts are variations on a theme of longing - the unassuagable human need for contact, for completion, for that most fugitive gift of all: reciprocal love. Its characters' lives are thwarted, dashed, impassioned, each in their own way immolated by hope. A queue outside a cheese shop leads to a thrilling infidelity; a crematorium funeral exposes a love gone sour; a foreign hotel room becomes a diorama of despair as physical sickness becomes a metaphor for incurable grief. In the title story, two lovers confront their lusts amid the ruins of Rome; in A Bad Son a young boy from a damaged home searches for some kind of peace in the newly fallen snow.
'A.L. Kennedy is one of the most brilliant writers of her generation' Sunday Telegraph
A.L. Kennedy has published three previous collections of stories and three novels. She has received many prizes for her work, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award.