HELPLESS. By Barbara Gowdy, Little, Brown, €14.
Canadian author Barbara Gowdy is known for her difficult subjects: in a story from her 1992 collection, We So Seldom Look on Love, the heroine is a young woman working as an embalmer, who likes making love to the dead bodies in her care. It was later made into the Canadian film Kissed.
Gowdy has written novels from the point of view of exhibitionists, voyeurs and even African elephants...
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