Kennedy, Alison Louise. (b. 1965).
W o r k
- a Scottish novelist, short story writer, reviewer, non-fiction writer, screenwriter, and stand-up comedian
- characteristic for her obsessive and compulsive tone, original language, and dark humour
Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains (1990):
- a bleak collection of short stories set in Scotland
- her first collection establishes her as a writer of intimate narratives exposing vast areas of feeling behind the surface of ordinary lives
- often deals with single women who are neither happy nor content within relationships
Looking for the Possible Dance (1993):
- a novel centring on a young Scottish woman's developing relationships
- progresses from the passionate attachment to her father to the more complicated relationship with her lover, and continues to examine wider social relationships between pupil x teacher, employee x employer, and individual x state
So I Am Glad (1995):
- a novel focusing on the trauma of child sexual abuse and its consequences in adulthood
- the protagonist is forced to come to terms with her suppressed experience through the words she speaks as a professional voice-over artist
Everything You Need (1999):
- a study of depression and/or a warning about the dangers of writing
- a novel about a burnt-out middle-aged writer, estranged from his wife to whom he is still devoted, and his adult daughter whom he has not seen for fifteen years
- set on an isolated island where a group of writers find their retreat and where the father invites his daughter to meet her without revealing his identity
- a novel on the damage inflicted by WW II on the life of a former prisoner-of-war
(Photo: Official Sites).
AuthorAlison Louise Kennedy. (b. 1965). Scottish.
WorkNovelist. Short story writer. Non-fiction writer. Author of So I Am Glad (1995).
"Love is Godless, God is loveless and everything is as bad as you always suspected."
From "The Mouseboks Family Dictionary" in Now That You're Back (1994).