Getting a Life


Mammary orgasmic potential, atoms and molecules, the pursuit of beauty, the truth about art ? A highly original collection.

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Catherine Merriman’s third collection of short stories inhabited by men and women who are all grappling, literally or metaphorically, with the ‘getting’ of a life. From a woman’s exploration of the orgasmic potential of her breasts, to a young man’s rebirth after surviving viciously-inflicted injuries; from an artist who knows – and fears – the truth about Art, and to a panic-stricken father who takes lessons on trust from his daughter, these stories explore the inner-most fears and desires in us all.

Some of these stories are poignant, some pitiless, some hilarious, and several are distinctly risky and original.


This is the third of Catherine Merriman’s collections of short stories to be published by Honno, following the successes of Silly Mothers and Of Sons and Stars. Catherine has also contributed to the Honno anthologies, Luminous and Forlorn , My Heart on My Sleeve, and edited Laughing, not Laughing, an autobiographical anthology of women’s experiences of sex.

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Weight .212 kg
Dimensions 18.4 × 12.2 × 1.7 cm