Collection of 14 stories by an internationally acclaimed Australian-born author. Seven were included in the North of Nowhere section of the author's Collected Stories (1995). The others, including South of Loss, are published in book form for the first time. In 1999 the author was invited by the University of South Carolina to be the successor to the late James Dickey and now holds a permanent position there as Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence. Her novels include Borderline and Oyster.
About the Author
Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Queensland and began her teaching career in remote Queensland high schools, but since her graduate studies she has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France, and the United States.
Her first published short story appeared in the Atlantic Monthly (USA) where it won an "Atlantic First" citation in 1978. Her first novel, The Ivory Swing (set in the village in South India where she lived in l977) won Canada’s $50,000 Seal Award in l982. She lived for many years in Canada, and in 1986 she was listed as by the Toronto Globe & Mail as one of Canada′s "Ten Best Young Fiction Writers." Since then she has won a number of prizes for her 7 novels and 3 short story collections, and her work has been published in 12 languages. Three of her short stories appeared in Britain’s annual Best Short Stories in English in their year of publication, and one of these, “Unperformed Experiments Have No Results,” was selected for The Best of the Best, an anthology of the decade in l995.
Oyster was a finalist for both the Miles Franklin and the Banjo Book Award. It was also a finalist for Canada’s Trillium Award, and in England it was listed in Best Books of the Year by the Observer, which noted “Oyster is a tour de force… Turner Hospital is one of the best female novelists writing in English.” In the USA, Oyster was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.”
Due Preparations for the Plague won the Queensland Premier′s Literary Award in 2003, the Davitt Award from Sisters in Crime for “best crime novel of the year by an Australian woman”, and was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Award. In 2003, Hospital received the Patrick White Award, as well as a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of Queensland.
She holds an endowed chair as Carolina Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and in 2003 received the Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences, conferred by the university for the most significant faculty contribution (research, publication, teaching and service) in a given year.
"Captured imagery, restless single women, backward glances recur in these highly accomplished stories, which are spliced together without visible joins. Hospital ... is a mistress of the interior landscape and the subtly modulated private perspective."