A Day in the Life of A Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories

A Day in the Life of A Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories

eBook - 2011
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Margaret Drabble's novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of irony -- all are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by the Spanish academic José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.
"Smooth, reflective prose... Drabble's fans will savor these bite-sized examples of her humane intelligence."-Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547550411
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Fernández, José Francisco
Call Number: eBook


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Jul 13, 2013

Although not a Drabble fan, I enjoyed these short stories very much. It was interesting to see the changing position and concerns of women over the decades in which these stories were written. Perceptive.

adagarcon Jan 03, 2012

Drabble's collection of short stories compiled by Jose Francisco Fernandez spans 40 or so odd years. She engages the reader with tales of passion, fidelity, infidelity and a broad-ranging examination of various emotions. She brings to mind her British compatriot Diana Athill, but at the same time has a distinctive style of her own. Drabble has a flair for loading in tidbits of nature and distinctive scenery into her words which makes for a quick and delightful read.

Aug 25, 2011

Drabble's last two books were non-fiction ("A Writer's Britain" and "The Pattern in the Carpet"). It is great to see a publisher pull together all of the short stories from her long writing career for this small volume. It is perhaps a capstone to her career, as she has said that it is unlikely she will write much at all again. Drabble is particularly good at writing about women's lives, with sharp insight, sympathy and wit. These stories are great examples of those skills.

Aug 02, 2011

I got this collection because of the Jane Austen-related story 'Dower House at Kellynch: A Somerset Romance.' The collection covers many years in Drabble's writing life; many little jewels to read in it.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

To the many fans and followers of Margaret Drabble this collection of short stories is pure pleasure.
These 14 tales venture into the past four decades of her writing career to explore the complex psyche of independent women as they reveal their love affairs, their shattered marriages, their class origins and their jobs. Her dry British humour is part of the joy of reading this collection. The stories showcase Drabble’s keen literary talent and present her complete short fiction for the first time in one volume. This may be the last new fiction we will read from the 72 year old Dame Margaret Drabble as she retired from writing in 2009 to prevent what she says “repeating myself without knowing it which is what old people do endlessly.” These stories are a fitting end to a brilliant career.


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