A. L. Kennedy

(b. 1965)

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(1965– ),

Scottish novelist and short‐story writer, born in Dundee, who moves almost seamlessly between the novel and the short story. Her novels—Looking for the Possible Dance (1993), So I Am Glad (1995), Everything You Need (1999), and Paradise (2004)—are free‐form and discursive, while her story collections—Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains (1990), Now That You're Back (1994), Original Bliss (1997), and Indelible Acts (2002)—seem novelistic in their fullness of human detail. The typical Kennedy character, male or female, is usually uncomprehending, deep in pain, and adrift in a purposeless world. Her writing is characterized by bleak humour, an intense lyricism, political awareness, and, increasingly, a preoccupation with derangement and sexual obsession.

Subjects: Literature.

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