All the Rage

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: A. L. Kennedy

Narrated By: Simon Vance, Heather Wilds

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: April 2014

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


A. L. Kennedy, whose novels include The Blue Book and Day, writes like a force of nature. Claire Messud says she’s “one of Britain’s most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents.” Richard Ford calls her “a profound writer,” and Ali Smith hails her as “the laureate of good hurt.” All the Rage is Kennedy’s riveting new story collection, a luscious feast of language that encompasses real estate and forlorn pets, adolescents and sixty-somethings, weekly liaisons and obsessive affairs, “certain types of threat and the odder edges of sweet things.” The women and men in these twelve stories search for love, solace, and a clear glimpse of what their lives have become. Anything can set them off thinking—from the sad homogeneity of hotel breakfasts, to a sex shop operated under Canadian values (whatever those are), to an army of joggers dressed in Santa costumes. With her boundless empathy and gift for the perfect phrase, Kennedy makes us care about each of her characters. In “Takes You Home,” a man’s attempt to sell his flat becomes a journey to the interior, by turns comic and harrowing. And “Late in Life” deftly evokes an intergenerational love affair free of the usual clichés, the younger partner asking the older, “What should I wear at your funeral?” Alive with memory, humor, and longing, All the Rage is A. L. Kennedy at her inimitable best.


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