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The Bed Book of Short Stories
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The bed, dressed in hand sewn quilt or threadbare blanket, may in and of itself be memorable, but it is what happens in the bed ñ the sex and lovemaking, the dreams, the reading, the nightmares, the rest, giving birth and dying ñ which give ëbedí special meaning. Whether a bed is shared with a book, a child, a pet or a partner, whether lovers lie in ecstasy or indifference, whether ëbedí relates to intimacy or betrayal, it is memories and recollections of ëbedí, in whatever form, which have triggered the writing of these thirty stories by women from southern Africa. Well known writers Joanne Fedler, Sarah Lotz, Arja Salafranca, Rosemund Handler and Liesl Jobson will delight, but you will discover here new writers from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia, each with a unique voice as they cast light on the intimate lives of women living in this part of the world and the possibilities that are both available to and denied them. The BED BOOK of short stories ñ some quirky and tender, others traumatic or macabre ñ is the perfect companion to take to bed with you, to keep you reading long into the night.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Introduction: Making the Bed
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. Bedrock
  2. pp. 14-22
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  1. In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata
  2. pp. 23-31
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  1. Desire, with Borders
  2. pp. 32-39
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  1. Stains Like a Map
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. Sleeping through Heartbreak
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. A Natural Combination
  2. pp. 59-71
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  1. The Artful Craft of Quilting
  2. pp. 72-85
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  1. The Capable Wife
  2. pp. 86-91
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  1. Lie Still Heart: Scenes from a Girlhood Devoured
  2. pp. 92-100
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  1. Every Picture Tells …
  2. pp. 101-109
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  1. To Own a Bed
  2. pp. 110-116
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  1. A Requiem for Daniel
  2. pp. 117-128
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  1. Lena My Lovely
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. Heaven (or Something Like It)
  2. pp. 141-151
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  1. Crazy
  2. pp. 152-159
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  1. Hunters and Lovers
  2. pp. 160-172
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  1. On a Broomstick
  2. pp. 173-182
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  1. Nompumelelo Sinxoto’s Bed
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Imagining Monsters
  2. pp. 190-196
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  1. The Outsider
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. Chickens and the Clinking of Glass
  2. pp. 206-214
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  1. Fool’s Gold
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. In Sickness
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. Wings on Indi’s Pillow
  2. pp. 229-235
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  1. How to Write a Good Romance
  2. pp. 236-244
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  1. In Bed with Ikeji
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Portrait of a Woman in Bed
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. Mary, Mary
  2. pp. 269-279
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  1. Made of Mukwa
  2. pp. 280-287
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  1. Goodnight, Sleep Tight
  2. pp. 288-295
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  1. Divine Possibilities, Rewards Uncertain
  2. pp. 296-305
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  1. Author Biographies
  2. pp. 306-311
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  1. Further Reading, Back Cover
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