The collected stories

by Paley, Grace.

Format: Print Book 1994.
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Summary
Grace Paley's classic collection--a finalist for the National Book Award--demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary insight into and compassion for her characters, moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again. Whether writing about the love (and conflict) between parents and children or between husband and wife, or about the struggles of aging single mothers or disheartened political organizers to make sense of the world, she brings the same unerring ear for the rhythm of life as it is actually lived.   The Collected Stories is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Contents
Goodbye and good luck
A woman, young and old
The pale pink roast
The loudest voice
The contest
An interest in life
An irrevocable diameter
The used-boy raisers
A subject of childhood
In time which made a monkey of us all
The floating truth
Wants
Debts
Distance
Faith in the afternoon
Gloomy tune
Living
Come on, ye sons of art
Faith in a tree
Samuel
The burdened man
Enormous changes at the last minute
Politics
Northeast playground
The little girl
A conversation with my father
The immigrant story
The long-distance runner
Love
Dreamer in a dead language
In the garden
Somewhere else
Lavinia: an old story
Friends
At that time, or the history of a joke
Anxiety
In this country, but in another language, my aunt refuses to marry the men everyone wants her to
Mother
Ruthy and Edie
A man told me the story of his life
The story hearer
This is a story about my friend George, the toy inventor
Zagrowsky tells
The expensive moment
Listening.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Paley is a member of that select breed of writers who become masters of the short story and resist the pressure to produce a novel. This volume gathers together more than 30 years' worth of stellar stories from Paley's best-known collections, The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Later the Same Day (1985). This rich compilation presents us with the full spectrum of Paley's voices as well as her observations and interpretations of urban family life and a society that thrives on oppression. An outspoken pacifist, feminist, and self-described "cooperative anarchist," Paley can no more keep her political beliefs out of her fiction than a plant can keep from releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, but the story always comes first. Her cast of stubborn, opinionated, earthy, smart, sassy, and robust characters demand it. Paley writes just as effectively from a man's point of view as a woman's, discerning the ironies of everyone's predicaments, but she writes most poignantly about the frustrations of women stuck in the rigidity of gender roles. Paley's people either have moxie, or tremendous endurance. They're frank about lust, angry about money, and always ready for a good argument. These staccato tales of the city capture of the essence of the changes each decade has brought, while also dramatizing the continuity of human emotions. And Paley can just knock us flat with the force of her spirited language. (Reviewed Feb. 15, 1994)0374126364Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Publisher New York :Farrar Straus Giroux,1994.
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Short stories
Language English
Description xi, 386 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0374126364 :
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