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My Mother Was an Upright Piano: Fictions by Tania Hershman

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A scintillating collection of 56 short fictions by one of the genre’s most daring exponents, whose economy of words cloaks her subtlety and power. Tania Hershman’s work is powerful, spiky and off-beat but with a distinct warmth and affection for her subjects.

 My Mother Was an Upright Piano builds on the strengths of Tania Hershman's first collection of short stories The White Road which was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Hershman's fiction is inspiring, thought-provoking and witty.

 She is able to create characters with distinct voices and explore deep and sometimes disturbing relationships in just a few paragraphs of prose. Her writing style has a lyrical quality and often the meter of her work brings added resonance to her themes.

Tania Hershman lives in Bristol with her partner and her cat. Tania is currently writer in residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University, and is founder and editor of The Short Review, an online journal shining the spotlight on short story collections.

“The stories succeed precisely where their own characters fail: these deft fictions are full of (and about) the humor and heartbreak made manifest when communication fails.”

Roy Kesey, author of Pacazo, All Over, and Nothing in the World


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  1. Flashes of Brilliance

    Posted by Sarah Hilary on 22nd Jun 2012

    A true original, Tania Hershman's collection of Fictions is everything you would expect of a writer who embraces life in all its grand minutia and revels in the discovery of the surreal, the touching, the sublime.

    A perfect gift, a warm and wonderful read. Brava, Tania and her publisher, Tangent Books, for showing us the magic that can happen when outstanding talent meets professional passion.