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The stories collected in ORIGINAL BLISS are concerned, appropriately, with the complexities of sex and the lack of it. In the long novella that gives the book its title, Helen Brindle thinks she has lost God- but it is simply love that she's missing. She can't find it at home, with the violent, deadly Mr Brindle; but will she find it in Stuttgart when she meets the enigmatic Edward E. Gluck, with his Process and his paraphernalla? And what happens when her father confessor starts to confess? A beautiful and terrifying examination of passion and pornography, of the aching need for completion and healing.
A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards - including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.