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I Am Having an Adventure
     

I Am Having an Adventure

by Perri Klass
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Klass undoubtedly deserves credit for the range of her accomplishments: at age 27 she is a student at Harvard Medical School, has a young child, writes for national magazines, and has a novel, Recombinations, under her belt. But this collection of 20 stories does little to demonstrate any special worldliness or insights into human behavior. Telling of young women abroad searching for romance and of 1980s relationships set in San Francisco and Cambridge, the tales do not appear to move much beyond the author's personal experiences. In the stronger narratives, however, like ``Gingerbread Men,'' about the bonds women have with other women, she approachs her material with humor and perception. Still, her characters dissect their own and their lovers' lives as though they were in a biology lab, and none of them are particularly interesting specimens. (June 12)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Klass has a young family, attends medical school, and writes short stories in her odd bits of time. They are good stories, with likeable, contemporary characters who seem rather baffled by their lives: a husband who fears that he will have to have an affair because he thinks his uninhibited wife is having one; a woman who has rented her upstairs to an old college roommate and her husband, but thinks about asking them to leave because the husband tries to kiss her. Klass is good with characters, writes interesting dialogue, and takes chances, as in ``Nineteen Lists,'' which describes the breakup of an affair through lists: ``Five good reasons for Nicole and Matthew to break up,'' ``Four things which have gone well while they lived together.'' Enjoyable reading recommended for contemporary fiction collections. Margaret B. Allen, M.L.S., West Lebanon, N.H.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399131462
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/1986
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.98(d)

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