×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Rhoda: A Life in Stories
     

Rhoda: A Life in Stories

by Ellen Gilchrist
 
Over the past ten years, Gilchrist fans have enjoyed glimpses of headstrong, redheaded Rhoda in five previous collections. Here, for the first time, are the collected Rhoda stories - including two new ones - offering a full-blown portrait of a woman worth waiting for: one of contemporary literature's most enchanting characters, in all her wicked glory.

With a high

Overview

Over the past ten years, Gilchrist fans have enjoyed glimpses of headstrong, redheaded Rhoda in five previous collections. Here, for the first time, are the collected Rhoda stories - including two new ones - offering a full-blown portrait of a woman worth waiting for: one of contemporary literature's most enchanting characters, in all her wicked glory.

With a high libido and reckless courage to match, Rhoda is one of those irresistible people who never hold back or take convention too seriously. In these twenty-three stories, arranged chronologically, we follow Rhoda from a precocious kid with a movie-star complex to a coed who makes love to a fraternity boy, and the next week elopes with him, to a middle-aged writer looking for a fling in the age of AIDS.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gilchrist's fictional Southern belle turned writer, Rhoda Manning, has appeared in all five of her previous short-story collections and in the novel Net of Jewels. Rhoda loves to shop, swear and get her own way; she has always been a vivid and indelible character. This welcome if inconsistent collection assembles all 21 of the Rhoda stories, an excerpt from Net of Jewels plus two new tales. The pieces are arranged in chronological order of Rhoda's age-from eight to 60. There's also an introduction by the author admitting that some of the stories are ``made up'' while others are ``blatantly autobiographical.'' True or not, the exploits of Rhoda in her youth (which make up most of the book) are generally better than the portraits of Rhoda in midlife or later, and nearly a decade of Rhoda's life-from 27 to 39-is missing. Thus there is no transition between the spoiled, impetuous rich girl who gulps diet pills, drinks a lot and, while reading Hemingway, comments about his ``terrible looking'' wife and the middle-aged Rhoda who, a few pages later, places her work with the Paris Review as easily as she might buy a new outfit. And as a biography of sorts, there are other inconsistencies-for example, the age that Rhoda runs away to get married differs in three stories. Despite the distractions, Rhoda remains the same sassy and outspoken gal she has always been and always will be. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Prolific author Gilchrist (Age of Miracles, LJ 4/1/95) has a winner in this delightful collection that includes old favorites plus two new stories about Rhoda Katherine Manning as she ages from ten to 58. Red-haired, spunky, and precocious, Rhoda grows up in the shadow of World War II, experiencing rites of passage that include puberty, drinking, first love, and elopement. Adulthood brings obsessions with sex, alcohol, her appearance, and her father's wealth. Increasingly promiscuous, Rhoda is wild, confused, and unhappy, gaining direction only after finally attaining success as a writer. An independent but impetuous thinker, Rhoda is as real as anyone who has ever "lived" in a book. Recommended for all public libraries.Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316314640
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
419
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Gilchrist is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including novels, short story collections, essays and poetry. Her new collection of stories, ACTS OF GOD, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin, along with the paperback release of her novel A DANGEROUS AGE. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Arkansas.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews