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...
December 17, 2017
Another fine, unsettling collection of stories, perhaps not quite as visceral as the ones in The Beautiful Indifference, but if anything subtler and more imaginative. The story from which the title is taken, Mrs Fox, is particularly striking if a little reminiscent of Angela Carter - in this one...
January 14, 2018
This is my first encounter with Sarah Hall and it left me wondering why I had taken so long. In an unsettling collection of tales all centred around some kind of transformation, this gifted author puts her dark imagination and considerable writing talents to wonderful use.
Convention tells us in w...
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...
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.
October 18, 2017
Sarah Hall has just completed her duties as Booker Prize judge for 2017 (choosing George Saunders) Her own writing experience and achievements are excellent.
So, I was expecting good things from Madame Zero despite my hesitancy about short stories in general.
Madame Zero did not disappoint. The "9...
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...
December 25, 2017
These are all brilliant and I really liked them. Narrative here tends to be the same as setting, in that not much happens in any of the stories though there is some atypical premise that is there to keep the reader's attention. They are all wonderfully written, especially The Fox and Evie - thoug...
January 08, 2018
A very interesting story collection. My favorites were Mrs. Fox and Evie, women turning into other animalistic, physical beings. The writing is lovely and strong. Not all of the stories worked for me, but they were a pleasure to read.