Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
List Price: $19.95
Sandra Thompson takes us inside the lives of women struggling to find their places among lovers, husbands and ex-husbands, mothers, and children in relationships where old rules do not apply and new rules have not yet been set.
Thompson's characters live in a world where dreams often supersede reality and things are not as they seem. Her style is sophisticated and subtle, and we experience her stories almost by osmosis. They stay with us afterwards to question their own realities.
A deft and vivid account of the emotional stages in a woman's life . . . All in all, a strong, sometimes devastating but ultimately hopeful collection by an exciting and gifted writer.
Haunting and understated . . . These stories explore the failures of love-erotic and filial-with a sure spareness that's reminiscent of Ann Beattie.
Stunning wit and sparkle . . . Thompson's prose is tight and resonant; her view of the world is ironic and full of feeling.
—Washington Book Review
An undeniably talented writer.
Deftly crafted and emotionally charged . . . Sandra Thompson eloquently captures the fears and doubts of being an independent woman in the eighties.
—West Coast Review of Books
'Ashes,' a daughter's story of her dying mother, is the little masterpiece of the group, lovely in its grief and guaranteed to show up in future anthologies.
Rare and wonderful . . . In the merciless glare of L.A. hip or N.Y. trendy, Thompson's women cast a cold eye, hesitate, hold their noses, and take the plunge.
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch