By Alice Adams

ISBN-10: 0394579267

ISBN-13: 9780394579269

A variety of brief tales explores the impression and adjustment of people facing separation and the lack of fans, spouses, mom and dad, and friends.

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Adams's new selection of 14 brief tales shows a few of the strengths and weaknesses of previous efforts (i.e., go back journeys , LJ 8/85). That she is a good wordsmith able to insightful touch upon the fun and sorrows of human relationships, there is not any doubt. She is usually adept at studying 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 look all "of a type" and examining turns into progressively more tedious. definitely, the voice of the introspective, clever, upper-middle-class lady merits to be heard, but when Adams desires her message to arrive a much wider viewers, she must extend her imaginative and prescient, to provide 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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With an explosive jangle, the phone began to ring. “Cate, I’ve been trying everywhere to get you,” said his wife. “I never thought you’d be at the office. What are you doing? ” He said something about work. ” came the faint anxious question. “I’m a little frightened. Ronny just had a scare. It woke him up. ’ Of course it’s something he dreamed. But I’m frightened. You will be home? What’s that, dear? ” “I will. Right away,” he said. Then he was out of the office, buzzing the night bell and peering down the shaft.

You don’t have to wait, Fred,” she called. “Mr. ” The door to the cage shut with a mechanical rattle. The cage creaked. Then she turned around in the door. “Why, Mr. Wran,” she gurgled reproachfully, “I just couldn’t think of letting you go home now. I’m sure you’re terribly unwell. Why, you might collapse in the street. ” The creaking died away. He stood in the center of the office motionless. His eyes traced the course of Miss Millick’s footprints to where she stood blocking the door. Then a sound that was almost a scream was wrenched out of him, for he saw that the flesh of her face was beginning to change color; blackening until the powder on it was a sickly white dust, rouge a hideous pinkish one, lipstick a translucent red film.

I said. I picked up my stuff. “Come on. ” “Uh, uh,” she said, not moving. ” I said. ” “The hell you aren’t,” I said. ” She shook her head slowly. “You’re not fooling me, baby, you’re not fooling me at all. ” And she gave me the second smile. At the time I thought she must have seen my newspaper ad. Now I’m not so sure. “And now I’ll tell you how we’re going to work,” she went on. “You aren’t going to have my name or address or phone number. Nobody is. And we’re going to do all the pictures right here.

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