Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Forthcoming book of new stories by Janet Frame

by Janet Frame

The cover has been designed, the proofs have been read, and the book is off to the printers.

Due out in August 2012 from Penguin NZ:

"This brand new collection of 28 short stories by Janet Frame spans the length of her career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories has been published in a collection before, and more than half are published for the first time in Gorse is Not People.
The title story caused Frame a setback in 1954, when Charles Brasch rejected it for publication in Landfall and, along with others for one reason or other, deliberately remained unpublished during her lifetime. Previously published pieces have appeared in Harper's Bazaar, the NZ Listener, the New Zealand School Journal, Landfall and The New Yorker over the years, and one otherwise unpublished piece, 'The Gravy Boat', was read aloud by Frame for a radio broadcast in 1953.
In these stories readers will recognise familiar themes, scenes, characters and locations from Frame's writing and life, and each offers a fresh fictional transformation that will captivate and absorb."

Click here to download a high resolution file of the jacket, which features a reproduction of the 1946 painting 'Upper Moutere' by the late great NZ artist Toss Woollaston.