With Ice Cream, her first story collection published in the United States, award-winning New York Times table author of The Siege and A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore confirms her status as a master of the shorter form (The Sunday Telegraph). In each taut, agile tale, characters negotiate situations that are often both mundane and bizarre: a cafeteria cook confronts her Polish pen pal; a divorced mother gains insight from a parking meter; a beautiful, thin, and famous woman succumbs to the lure of comfort food. In several stories a soulful, curious woman named Ulli takes up residence in the reader's imagination--stumbling across a strange collector of religious icons, contemplating a youthful pregnancy, and remembering a troubled lover. Employing a poet's ear for the concise and the velist's ambition of scope, Dunmore captures in Ice Cream how a single moment can change the course of a life--[these stories are] rich with regret, turmoil, and strained optimism (Entertainment Weekly)
Helen Dunmore has published seven novels, including The Siege, A Spell of Winter, and With Your Crooked Heart (Atlantic Monthly Press), and has been published in 15 countries. She is also a children's novelist, short-story writer, prize-winning poet, and first-ever winner of England's prestigious Orange Prize. She reviews fiction regularly for The Times (London) and poetry for The Observer and Poetry Review. She has also written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail. Dunmore has acted as a judge for the National Poetry Competition, the Somerset Maugham Awards, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, The Forward Prize, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She is a Fellow of England's Royal Society of Literary and a member of the Society of Authors, Humanities and Social Sciences. She lives in Bristol, England with her family.