Like a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour. In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders. In ‘Cross-Country’, a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex’s new life. And in ‘Ashes’, a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father’s remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background. Cate Kennedy’s poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.

Title:Like a House on Fire
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781922070067
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    Like a House on Fire Reviews

  • Denise

    Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath (2009) is one of my favourite Australian novels, so I was eager to read her latest volume of short stories – Like a House on Fire – recently shortlisted for the ...

  • Evrim

    This book is full of such good short stories... As I kept on reading, I had this growing sense - 'what if I had missed this book'!...

  • Louise

    A masterful collection depicting moments of Australian life. I'm in awe of the richness and complexity Cate Kennedy manages to create in each short story. My personal favourite was 'Ashes'....

  • Nancy

    Finished: 09.07.2018Genre: short storiesRating: C-#20BooksOfsummerConclusion:I only enjoyed 5/15 stories. Low return on 'reading investment'Here are my comments about the 5 best stories: Review ...

  • Chris Waterford

    15 short stories about "ordinary" situations but what a writer she is. She paints wonderful pictures that make you feel like a bystander nearby witnessing the action. Great writing and high quality st...

  • Sonia

    This was originally posted at my blog www.ifnotread.wordpress.comI enjoy reading short story collections. I also liked Kennedy’s previous collection, Dark Roots and her debut novel The World Beneath...

  • livvingitup

    In this anthology, Cate Kennedy explores real issues many average families face as they tackle with the strife that exists within relationships, the discontentment that teeters on the edge of the depr...

  • VonnyS

    I have really loved this series of short stories. They were so diverse and interesting, I would have liked some stories to go on and on. Many of the characters were so endearing leaving me wanting mor...

  • PattyMacDotComma

    I just love Cate Kennedy's stories. No two are the same. Her voice and style change to suit the story-teller, and there are plenty. Kids, old men, struggling couples, it doesn't matter. She captures h...

  • Carolyn Mck

    These are all remarkable stories, written with great insight into ordinary people's lives. Cate Kennedy captures perfectly the conflicting feelings that people, particularly couples and parents and ch...