Read Madame Zero: 9 Stories Online Free - From one of the most accomplished British writers working today, the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Wolf Border, comes a unique and arresting collection of short fiction that is both disturbing and dazzling.
Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and exciting of Britain’s young novelists" (The Guardian), a writer whose "intelligence and ambition are thrilling to behold" (BookForum). Her work has been acclaimed as "amazing . . . terrific and original" (Washington Post). In this collection of nine works of short fiction, she uses her piercing insight to plumb the depth of the female experience and the human soul.
A husband’s wife transforms into a vulpine in "Mrs. Fox," winner of the BBC Short Story Prize. In "Case Study 2, " A social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune. A new mother runs into an old lover in "Luxury Hour." In incandescent prose, full of rich observations and striking clarity, Hall has composed nine wholly original pieces—works of fiction that will resonate long after the final page is turned.
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August 15, 2017
After a while, conversation got up about fears and phobias. Heights. Needles. Being shot in the back of the head in the cinema. Clowns' mouths.
Don't you mean just clowns, Zach? The whole clown entity is considered pretty sinister.
I do not, mate, Zachary said. I mean exa...
July 28, 2017
I had read two of the stories in this collection before, Mrs Fox and Evie, both of which are fizzing with sexual animal energy (although the latter is terrifyingly disturbing) and quite brilliant. The rest of the stories were excellent, with not a bad apple amongst them. My favourites were Later,...
June 03, 2017
3.5 review to follow.
August 01, 2017
These stories are obliquely told. Voice or mood is more important than narrative. They often don't tell much of a 'story' at all. Nevertheless these 'stories' are fully formed. They aren't fragments. They aren't even 'experimental' in the sense that the term is usually used. They left me changed...
August 22, 2017
UPDATE: I've read a number of reviews, and apparently the two stories I liked best have been previously published. On the one hand, that's "money-grab" territory. On the other hand, I'm glad I was introduced to the two very odd, memorable stories here I liked very much: "Fox" and "Evie". Plus, th...
April 11, 2017
I've read and enjoyed a few of Sarah Hall's novels, but, if anything, I think the short format suits her more. These are darkly entertaining tales of wilderness, wildness and the wild within - from a husband whose wife transforms into a fox, to a man fighting for survival in a future age when cli...
June 28, 2017
The title certainly doesn't give anything away. Madame Zero is a book of short stories, all quite different from each other. I enjoyed them all but my favorites were Mrs. Fox and also Later His Ghost. The problem I have with short stories is that I frequently want them to go on. My two favorites...
July 25, 2017
2.5 stars, a rating I feel slightly guilty about. I read Hall's first novel Haweswater the week it was published and have read all her subsequent books. I think she, along with Jon McGregor, is one of the best British writers of her (my) generation, and I credit her book The Beautiful Indifferenc...
July 18, 2017
Run, don't walk, and read this short story collection! Unique stories, tremendous human understanding, marvelous characters, and just good reading! I will definitely check out more of this author's work. i particularly liked the story of transformation, "Mrs. Fox".
July 22, 2017
This is a tricky one for me to review. Out of 9 stories I really only cared for 3. So since most of the stories just didn't do it for me, I feel like I have to rate this collection 2/5. I feel bad for giving such a low rating because there isn't a whole lot that I would consider wrong about this...