Lee’s stories announce the arrival of a writer whose vision is razor sharp, blackly funny and startlingly original.
Claustrophobic, intense, troubled, these twelve astonishing stories hold a flare to the strange, elusive corners of our world, past and present; from the United States of the Gold Rush era to the Berlin of today, from Victorian England to the dusty border towns and high cities of modern South America.
A young couple’s passionate affair unravels as they wait anxiously in their hotel room for news of a recklessly conceived drug deal.
An academic inherits a set of diaries detailing her great-grandfather’s development of a bizarre new field of science; an endeavour which has shocking implications for his young daughter and unfaithful wife.
And in Greenfly
, a housebound woman is driven to distraction by the insects infesting her house – putting strain on an already fractured relationship with her partner.
Lee’s stories announce the arrival of a writer whose vision is razor sharp, blackly funny and startlingly original.Author Profile
Tom Lee was born in Essex in 1974 and attended the University of East Anglia, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Goldsmith College. His stories have appeared in Zoetrope All-Story
in the United States, The Dublin Review
in Ireland and Zembla
magazine in the UK, among others, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He lives in East London and teaches at Goldsmiths and the Open University.Reviews
Fizzing with an energy at once dark and playful, swift in its impact, enduring in its effect. Lee can conjure a mood in the twist of a sentence. He shifts from voice to voice with ease and is very quotable. Deftly, wryly, Lee leaves us squirming in our seats