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The Vanishing Princess
The Vanishing Princess: Stories | Jenny Diski
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The only story collection from the beloved Jenny Diski—darkly funny, subversive, sexy, and eccentric tales from one of the most original and intelligent voices of our time“/strong> “Mordant and talon-sharp.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times, on Jenny Diski Description Jenny Diski’s prose is as sharp and steely as her imagination is wild and wondrous. When she died of cancer in April 2016, after chronicling her illness in strikingly honest essays in the London Review of Books, readers, admirers, and critics around the world mourned the loss. In a cool and unflinching tone that came to define her singular voice, she explored the subjects of sex, power, domesticity, femininity, hysteria, and loneliness with humor and honesty, The stories in The Vanishing Princess showcase a rarely seen side of this beloved writer, channeling both the piercing social examination of her nonfiction and the vivid, dreamlike landscapes of her novels. In a Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale turned on its head, a miller’s daughter rises to power and wealth to rule over her kingdom and outwit the title villain. “Bathtime” tells the story of a woman’s life through her attempts to build the perfect bathtub, chasing an elusive moment of peace. In “Short Curcuit,” the author mines her own bouts in and out of mental institutions outside London to question whether those we think are mad are really the sanest among us. Longtime fans of Diski and those who have discovered her since her death will find much to treasure here, in her only short story collection, released in the US for the very first time. The Vanishing Princess is another vital stop on Jenny Diski’s journey for meaning and beauty in her prolific writing, one that feels as fresh and necessary as if it were brand-new.
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What a delightful collection of short stories! Each tale unique, twisted and layered as if pealing back petals of a rose bud or the skin of an onion. So very thought provoking,some quietly tragic and one down right hilarious! Some possible triggers for suicide, depression and infidelity. This was my first Diski and definitely will not be my last.

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I look over while reading to see our biggest dog in the smallest bed with the sassiest cat 😳😂 #catsoflitsy #stormagedonbookcat #dogsoflitsy

RadicalReader @Crystalblu what breed is this beautiful dog?! 1y
RachelO So cute! I'm not entirely sure whether your cat's happy with the situation though... 1y
Crystalblu @RadicalReader Lando is an Australian Shepherd (edited) 1y
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Crystalblu @RachelO she is totally happy with the situation. Lando, the dog, is the perturbed one ;) 1y
LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
AmyG Awww ❤️ 1y
rubyslippersreads 😻🐶❤️ 1y
Mdargusch Hahaha! 💕 1y
Louise Love this! ❤️🐾 1y
Soubhiville So sweet! 1y
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Cinfhen This is awesome!! I need to check out the list❤️🙌🏻✡️thanks for sharing 1y
Cinfhen Check this out @Centique 1y
Centique @Cinfhen awesome! Just what I need 😍 1y
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Cinfhen Another good resource is Jewish Book Council just google them @Centique I've found loads of great reads through them and it's broken down into lots of categories 1y
diovival @Cinfhen Thanks for the hot tip! 1y
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