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The Way Out by Vicki Jarrett

Format: B format, paperback, 198 x 129mm, 198pp

ISBN Code: 978-1-910449-02-8
Vicki Jarrett

Vicki Jarrett lives and works in her native Edinburgh.

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The Way Out

by Vicki Jarrett


Shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize
Longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016

A girl on a paper round gets more than she bargained for. A couple feels the strain when the money runs out. Life plays out in the bingo hall and at the bus stop. Welcome to a world of chip shops, offices, call centres and run-down homes.

In this remarkable debut collection of stories from an acclaimed new voice, the lives of women at the margins are explored; people living on the edge of relationships, the economy and society. Jarrett’s unforgettable characters dream of escape from jobs, relationships and lives but, most of all, from the consequences of failure and success.

The Way Out is heart-breaking, tender, devastatingly honest and brimming with black comedy.

Praise for The Way Out

‘The strength of [Jarrett’s] writing lies in its ability to tease out the complex, dense import of small moments and interactions. She is capable of communicating layers of understanding and the strangeness of human behaviour in a society that is broken but far from dead.’ Glasgow Review of Books

‘The stories in The Way Out are warm yet chilling, barbed but sensuous, gruesome then tender, funny and wistful. In her fairytale-like accounts of men, women, children and arseholes, Jarrett serves up a platter of dilemmas, desires and disappointments – occasionally with a big dollop of mustard on the side. This is a collection full of style and control.’ Anneliese Mackintosh, author of Any Other Mouth

‘There is heart here… a very impressive collection’ Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs and LoveSexTravelMusik

‘an impressive assemblage of heart-warming yet chilling cases, brimming with stark truths and dark humour’ Scottish Field

‘…manages to show a huge amount of depth and range of emotions’ The Skinny [****]

‘a deceptively simple and accessible style of storytelling which often hides a devastating sting in the tale… These apparently ordinary lives are rendered extraordinary often by a simple twist to proceedings, or an arresting image which stays with you long after you have moved on to the next story …you should embrace the short story, if you haven’t already, and Vicki Jarrett’s The Way Out is a great place to start. Never mind the width, feel the quality.’ Scots Whay Hae!

‘Jarrett’s tales certainly pack the punch necessary for a good short story collection; she knows how to stick the knife in and twist it. With an interesting mix of black humour, macabre concepts, brutal emotional honesty and a wicked sense of suspense, the reader is often left not knowing what to expect.’ DURA magazine

‘The Way Out is a raw, devastating debut. [Jarrett] gives us an alloyed glimpse into the lives of people pushed to the margins but is never sentimental and only the quality of writing makes the truth she tells palatable.’ Kaite Welsh, arts critic and writer