Full Measure: Modern Short Stories on Aging

Full Measure: Modern Short Stories on Aging

by Sennett
     
 

The elderly are among the fastest growing, yet least understood, populations in America today. To illuminate the problems and triumphs of this much-maligned group, editor Dorothy Sennett has assembled a marvelously rich and diverse anthology of stories on aging by some of the finest contemporary writers.See more details below

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The elderly are among the fastest growing, yet least understood, populations in America today. To illuminate the problems and triumphs of this much-maligned group, editor Dorothy Sennett has assembled a marvelously rich and diverse anthology of stories on aging by some of the finest contemporary writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This stellar omnibus features a cast of seasoned characters, rich in experience if not always in virtue, who struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the physical and mental deterioration that is the universal fear of the aging. In Carol Bly's ``Gunnar's Sword,'' the indomitable Harriet White refuses an offer to live with her son because ``he was not giving her the profoundly felt invitationwhich would be an invitation to live with him and Evelyn when she might be incontinent, irritable, afraid, or even demented.'' Full Measure also tackles sex and desire. Asa Bascomb, the late John Cheever's expatriate, much-honored laureate in ``The World of Apples,'' is confounded by an incomprehensible wave of erotic feeling that compels him to spend his days writing pornography and feeding the obscene pages into the fire. The overwhelming attachment that the elderly feel for their homes finds expression in Saul Bellow's ``Leaving the Yellow House.'' And Stanley Ellin's ``The Blessington Method'' is a farcical but disquieting vision of euthanasia turned murder as a shadowy, powerful organization provides a service for young people by killing the elderly in their charge. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555971052
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
03/01/1988
Series:
Graywolf Short Fiction Ser.
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.94(d)

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