By Alice Adams
A range of brief tales explores the effect and adjustment of people facing separation and the lack of fanatics, spouses, mom and dad, and friends.
From Library Journal
Adams's new number of 14 brief tales indicates a number of the strengths and weaknesses of previous efforts (i.e., go back journeys , LJ 8/85). That she is an exceptional wordsmith able to insightful touch upon the fun and sorrows of human relationships, there is not any doubt. She can also be adept at interpreting the impression of reminiscence on our lives. In those tales, it's the reminiscence of someone--and, in a number of situations, "somecat," now absent--that stimulates the chain of occasions. Taken separately, the tales could be very evocative, but if regarded as an entire, the characters appear all "of a type" and interpreting turns into an increasing number of tedious. definitely, the voice of the introspective, clever, upper-middle-class girl merits to be heard, but when Adams desires her message to arrive a much broader viewers, she must extend her imaginative and prescient, to supply the reader a bit extra distinction. For public and bigger educational libraries.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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For a long time he looked at it. First he put his head on one side, and then he put it on the other; then he shut his right eye and gazed with his left, after which he shut his left eye and gazed with his right. Then he moved a little to one side and looked at the image, and then he moved the other way. After a while he said to the Minor Canon, who had been standing by all this time: “It is, it must be, an excellent likeness! That breadth between the eyes, that expansive forehead, those massive jaws!
She landed nearby. ” she said. ” “Indeed it was, Virginia,” said Zebediah T. Crawcrustle. ” “I have a book of matches on me somewhere,” she said, and she began to rummage in her purse, which was very large and very brown. ” Zebediah T. Crawcrustle was carrying a bottle of purple methylated spirits, which he proceeded to pour into a plastic cup.
A girl of a poor family without a father was a girl prone to witchcraft, they said. Nevertheless, the day the spitting cobra came down the giant kapok tree in the middle of the village, do you wonder who they turned to? Ozioma was standing over the large pot of bubbling red stew humming to herself. Her mother was chatting with her aunt in the back. Her mp3 player was connected to some old speakers and it was playing an afrobeat song her father used to love. Outside, it was thundering and it would rain any minute, but that didn’t concern her.