Only One Life by Dorothy Simmons

Only One Life by Dorothy Simmons
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Series: Fiction
Publisher: Chaffinch Press
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 166 Pages
ASIN: 1838104143
ISBN: 9781838104146

The stories in Only One Life are from a female perspective. Central to each is the assertion of individual agency: the ability to take charge of your life, to make your own myth. Some narratives envisage historical events, others re- imagine contemporary issues.

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About the Book

A collection of short fiction by multiple award winning author, Dorothy Simmons. This collection contains twenty new stories that deal with various themes centring on human relationships, love and casual cruelties. In The Situation, Simmons takes us to Northern Ireland and explores sectarianism in a tightly woven story about a father and daughter.

The stories in Only One Life are from a female perspective. Central to each is the assertion of individual agency: the ability to take charge of your life, to make your own myth. Some narratives envisage historical events, others re-imagine contemporary issues. Sixteenth century queens bury their differences while a refugee on Nauru paints the stars; a librarian re-enacts ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and a widow looks through a telescope at Jupiter rising. In each case, the question arises: whose life is this?

 

Endorsements
“What unites these stories as a collection, the long and short and very short, set across time and space? The voices! The characters clamour for attention. They have something to say, and – I include the authorial voice in this – they say it with continual passion for language and word play.”
– Jane Downing; Author of The Sultans Daughter
Only One Life demonstrates Simmons’ writing as real and yet palpably existential. Mothers, living and dead are never far away. Nor is the sense that female bodies are the measure of social and cultural trauma. Simmons engages us in the history and society that her characters inhabit. The lens of the casual teacher is a powerful perspective, as is the situation in Northern Ireland, contemporary refugee experiences, and unsolved crimes against women. Simmons’ prose makes subliminally suggestive verbal associations – creating a rich stream-of-consciousness that amplifies character and context throughout these luminous stories.
– David Gilbey; Author
About the Author
Dorothy Simmons

Dorothy Simmons grew up in a Ulster but after school in Belfast and university in Edinburgh, the wider world called and along with her architect husband Rob, also from the North of Ireland, she settled in regional Australia. The couple raised two daughters and over the years, took numerous trips revisiting family, never forgetting ‘the bowl you were baked in’, as her mother would put it.

Professionally, Dorothy juggled English teaching with creative writing before eventually giving up the day job to concentrate on juggling words.

Her first ‘published’ work was a stage play; further publications include 4 Young Adult novels, 2 works of Historical Fiction and numerous Short Stories. As well as finding Dorothy in print, you can also find her work in several online literary magazines.

You can find out more about Dorothy and her writing at www.dorothysimmons.org