Six Bedrooms

Six Bedrooms Six Bedrooms is about growing up about discovering sex and about coming of age Full of glorious angst embarrassment and small achievements Hot afternoons on school ovals the terrifying promise of lo

  • Title: Six Bedrooms
  • Author: Tegan Bennett Daylight
  • ISBN: 9780857989130
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six Bedrooms is about growing up about discovering sex and about coming of age Full of glorious angst, embarrassment and small achievements.Hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity, sneaking booze from your mother s pantry, the painful sophistication and squalor of your first share house, cancer, losing a parent.Tegan Bennett DayliSix Bedrooms is about growing up about discovering sex and about coming of age Full of glorious angst, embarrassment and small achievements.Hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity, sneaking booze from your mother s pantry, the painful sophistication and squalor of your first share house, cancer, losing a parent.Tegan Bennett Daylight s powerful collection captures the dangerous, tilting terrain of becoming adult Over these ten stories, we find acute portrayals of loss and risk, of sexual longing and wreckage, blunders and betrayals Threaded through the collection is the experience of troubled, destructive Tasha, whose life unravels in unexpected ways, and who we come to love for her defiance, her wit and her vulnerability.Stunningly written, and shot through with humour and menace, Six Bedrooms is a mesmerising collection of moments from adolescence through adulthood, a mix of all the potent ingredients that make up a life.

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    1. Short story collections are something of a livre de jour, and this is a well-deserved player in this arena, unlike this clunky metaphor I’ve dragged from the recesses of my Sunday afternoon brain. I am 100% down with this. Short story writing amazes and confounds me. The ability to get across the entirety of a character and the way they factor in the world is a true art form.Six bedrooms is about growing up. It’s the passage from childhood to teenagehood, and these ten works tell that story [...]

    2. Tegan Bennett Daylight’s Six Bedrooms is the second collection of short stories on the 2016 Stella Prize shortlist. (The first, is Elizabeth Harrower’s A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories which I’ve already reviewed.)According to the author’s biography, she’s written several books for children and teenagers — and I think it shows,. Without wishing to sound snobby about it, this volume feels like young adult fiction rather than literary fiction per se. That’s not necessarily [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories about growing up from adolescence to adulthood, and all of the wonder and heartbreak that goes with that. I think all the stories are really good, but I did have a soft spot for J'aime Rose, and Trouble. All the characters felt real & complex, and even though not all of them were exactly likeable, they were definitely relatable. I also really appreciated the way that all the stories were set across a number of decades, but still had a timeles [...]

    4. This is a lovely collection of stories, almost all focussing on young people who are figuring themselves out. Bennett-Daylight captures the precise feeling of so many moments of awkwardness, unease and realisation and writes like a dream throughout. In many ways this is reminiscent of Hot Little Hands, both in its approach (a mix of interlinked and standalone stories) and the type of moments, characters and stories that the authors are interested in. This is a more polished book – and one that [...]

    5. Well. Tegan Bennett Daylight’s Six Bedrooms is very, very good. If all short story collections were this satisfying, I might very well be a convert to the world of short stories.The collection focuses on growing up. These stories are not aiming to deliver sock-em-in-the-guts plot twists. Rather, they’re ruminations on the angst, joys and horrors of growing up and the success of each is tied to the fact that Daylight writes about things that are so exquisitely familiar that you feel she may h [...]

    6. All reviews can be found at: eckeaubooks.tumblrTegan Bennett Daylight is an Australian teacher, critic and fiction writer. She is the author of three novels, Bombora - which was short-listed for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and Kathleen Mitchell Award in 1996 - Safety and What Falls Away as well as a number of short fictions and essays. She currently works as a lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University.Six Bedrooms is a collection of 10 short stories, all centered around adolescence [...]

    7. I live for coming-of-age books about sex and desire, so this is pretty much my ideal collection of short stories. Tegan explores virginity, female relationships, loss, share houses, sexual longing and much more in these ten stories that range from darkly funny to deeply moving (and sometimes both at the same time). Throughout Six Bedrooms we hear from anti-heroine Tasha more than once, though to be honest she was probably my least favourite character. I had come across the story “J’aime Rose [...]

    8. These stories induced horror flashbacks of my teenage and early years, amplified by being set in my hometown and also in some instances in the same era of my own maudlin youth. No cheap tricks here, the prose is finely wrought without being laboured and the endings or fade outs ring true. Inevitably same stories made more of an impression than others, but I was glad for each.

    9. While the writing was confident and strong, I didn't love the book. But, the writing itself deserves the four stars. A few stories were particularly great - they fuck you up, j'aime rose and six bedrooms were faves.

    10. Tegan Bennett Daylight puts her extraordinary writing skills to full use in a short story collection that powerfully captures the messiness of life and the awkward transition to adulthood.Full review at bookbirdy/2015/07/14/revie

    11. Back in 1969, American short story writer and novelist John Cheever complained of the underdog status of short stories, calling the short story 'something of a bum'. I bought Six Bedrooms after being exhorted by Charlotte Wood (winner of 2016 Stella Prize) to support the Australian book industry by buying more books; it turns out I am easily persuaded on such matters. Otherwise, I probably would've passed over this collection. Like a lot of folk, I don't tend to gravitate to short story collecti [...]

    12. Tegan Bennett Daylight’s latest collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, are deceptively simple but written with razor sharp perception. Nothing is dressed up, the raw cynicism and naivety of adolescence is brutal, as these coming-of-age stories revisit that time in our lives of awkwardness, betrayal and unrequited love.The narrators share many qualities, and most identify themselves as misfits. They don’t fit in and are looking for their place, watching their peers and waiting for the peo [...]

    13. Earlier in the week I read a great blog post at “The Writes of Woman” about reviewing books and whether or not you should write negative reviews. The post, plus the review of “Viral” by Helen Fitzgerald can be viewed here. Personally I’ve been struggling with how to write a review of Tegan Bennett Daylight’s “Six Bedrooms”. As I would like to read and review as many entrants on the 2016 Stella Prize Longlist, simply ignoring this collection of short stories is not an ideal approa [...]

    14. The headline described them as 'Pungent Observations on the Twists of Modern Life'. Pungent? Well, yes. She pulls no punches, does Tegan Bennett Daylight, with some of her descriptiveness - the death of a friend; the truly awful taste of that diabolical elixir we all drank back in our formative years (Brandivino); the fragility of friendship as we first attempt to reject individuality to be accepted by the herd. And one could not fault the writing.The headline capped a review by critic and edito [...]

    15. This was an enjoyable collection of stories, each of them about some aspect of being a teenager or growing up. Think: lots of anxiety around sex, acne, where to next get booze, how to negotiate relationships with pals, parents, etc. The awkwardness of first dates, first kisses, first crushes. There was a lot in here I identified with!The writing style was probably my favourite element of the book. Every story felt very 'polished', at the level of sentence. The collection was nice to read; it flo [...]

    16. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Six Bedrooms is about growing up; about discovering sex; and about coming of age. Full of glorious angst, embarrassment and small achievements.Hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity, sneaking booze from your mother's pantry, the painful sophistication and squalor of your first share house, cancer, losing a parent. Tegan Bennett Daylight's powerful collection captures th [...]

    17. Six Bedrooms is a collection of short stories, many of which have been previously published in other anthologies. They’ve been reworked and interconnected here to weave a story about the highs and lows of young adulthood – the journey of finding love and finding yourself as you transition from the teens towards the rest of your life. The stories are set in Sydney and London; starting in the 1980s and moving onwards as the characters age. The 10 stories are linked by a central character, Tash [...]

    18. ‘The house we lived in had three storeys and six bedrooms.’In this collection of short stories, Tegan Bennett Daylight explores some of the hazards of moving from adolescence to adulthood. It’s an invitation, especially if you are female, to revisit your own transition to adulthood. Do you remember school ovals on hot afternoons? Did you ever sneak alcohol from home, or elsewhere? How sophisticated we thought we were, some of us with cigarettes, slaves to fashion, dreading and dreaming of [...]

    19. Six Bedrooms is a collection of 10 short stories about the pain of coming of age. Some are loosely connected to each other via the sad and vulnerable Tasha. I enjoyed reading about her sad family life and close friends so much that I wished these stories had been spun out into a novel.There’s so much familiarity in these stories – from the sly loss of virginity under the nose of a boyfriend to the quick and dirty one night stands had after parties in falling down inner city terraces, Bennett [...]

    20. This set of stories was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and deservedly so. The first story, Like A Virgin (from the Madonna song) introduces us to Tasha, whom we meet in a number of the stories as she negotiates the anger, rebellion and lusts of adolescence. Daylight manages very cleverly to use Tasha's voice as an adult (now a mother and comfortable in her own skin) as a lens through which we experience her coming of age. The stories enact the Tim Winton epigraph ' the past is in us, and not [...]

    21. This is my final review of the 12 long-listed books for this year's Stella Prize, which was recently won by Charlotte Wood for The Natural Way of Things. Tegan Bennett Daylight's novel Six Bedrooms, which made the short-list, is an unusual compilation of 10 short stories that together comprise a different form of novel, in that each story stands alone, but in several we are introduced to the same characters who then keep reappearing throughout the work as a whole. Tasha is the most notable - a d [...]

    22. I grew up in Canberra and I've moved out now, moved across the world, and I miss home. I don't relate to many of the experiences in this collection of short stories, but there's that feeling of longing of the suburbs here that made my heart pang. There's something so Australian about the way she describes all that desire, all that loss. It reminds me of hot summers sat inside, both bored and in love with your friends. Some of the stories, I think, are misplaced in this collection, and those are [...]

    23. I originally gave this short story collection 3 stars, but upon reflection, I can only glean very vague recollections of what the stories were about and whether or not I liked them. It's a sad realisation, but speaks as to how much I was able to personally connect to this collection. So I lowered my rating to a 2. This isn't to say the collection isn't well written or worth reading, because I distinctly remember that the prose was excellent, and I can acknowledge that the themes and content of t [...]

    24. Short stories are a source of contention - writers seem to teeth on them but many readers don't want to read them (I say this from my experience in a public library). I fell in love with the short story format when I read Tim Winton's The Turning and began to appreciate just how wonderful a short story can be. Six bedrooms reinforced this - several stories revolving around young females who live on the periphery of society, trying desperately to fit in but not quite succeeding. The themes resona [...]

    25. Really enjoying short stories and light theme threads connect these 10 short stories. Together Alone is the most poignant for me and interestingly Tegan Bennett Daylight has dedicated this collection to her mother. Really valued the description of approaching death, loneliness, siblings handling parent's death, Aging, separation from your mum - a process you believe you can't manage, but well we all . The past is in us, and not behind us. Things are never over. Tim Winton, Aquifer.

    26. A well written collection of 10 short stories focused on growing up, death and relationships. About half of the stories follow Tasha who lives with her alcoholic mother and younger brother after their father leaves them to go and live with his other wife and children. Each story stands alone, are well crafted and have central characters who are real, creative, confused at times, naive, embarrassed, envious and human.

    27. I liked this book, and can't always put my finger on why. It's a book of stories based in Australia, predominantly from the female point of view and capturing various aspects of coming of age. From grade school to middle-age, the stories resonate with aspects of awkwardness that we can all appreciate even if we choose not to ever mention them out loud. It's a relatively short read, but worth the time to explore life's moments that are awkward, intimate, uncomfortable, and yet so relatable.

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