Author(s): Peter Goldsworthy
A contented woman finds herself considering a bizarre sexual invitation that just days before filled her with scorn. A mediocre man is pulled into a strange dance with his stalker. A father gives his daughter a Christmas present with a disturbing history. An ugly sports parent plays a game of ridiculous chance. A young boy's music lesson offers him a discordant insight into adult behaviour. And in a primal tale about the borderline between animals and humans, death is horrifyingly not the end of the story. Compulsively readable, pitch-perfect in mood, Gravel ponders the forces that can wear down a marriage, darken desire, lead people to thwart their best intentions.
'Edgy, assured and titillating' Nigel Krauth, Weekend Australian 'These stories are by turns droll, dark and poignant – and addictive.' Murray Waldren, Australian Book Review 'Short fictions in the best sense of the term: concise, self-contained and specific … yet complex and allusive, suggesting far greater substance than they seem at first to contain.' Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald 'Pure gold and a worthy addition to an already remarkable oeuvre.' William Yeoman, West Australian
Peter Goldsworthy has won major literary awards across a range of genres: poetry, short story, novels, theatre, and opera libretti. His works include Three Dog Night, Maestro, Wish, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam and Everything I Knew.