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In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy like Sister Age." But in the stories, it is the human strength in the unavoidable encounter with the end of life that Mrs. Fisher dramatizes so powerfully. Other themes-the importance of witnessing death, the marvelous ...
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Overview

In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy like Sister Age." But in the stories, it is the human strength in the unavoidable encounter with the end of life that Mrs. Fisher dramatizes so powerfully. Other themes-the importance of witnessing death, the marvelous resilience of the old, the passing of vanity-are all explored with insight, sympathy and, often, a sly wit.

A major work on life and death by a major writer - part memoir, part fiction, part fantasy.

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"Exact, unsparing and blessedly free of sweeteners" — Newsweek

"A quietly moving collection by one of America's most eloquent writers"

— The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Not only the best book she has ever written, it is one of the best anybody has written on [the] subject."

— The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394530666
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/12/1983
  • Pages: 243

Table of Contents

Foreword 3
Moment of Wisdom 15
Answer in the Affirmative 21
The Weather Within 28
The Unswept Emptiness 48
Another Love Story 59
The Second Time Around 83
The Lost, Strayed, Stolen 111
The Reunion 142
The Oldest Man 149
A Question Answered 176
Diplomatic, Retired 190
Mrs. Teeters' Tomato Jar 201
A Kitchen Allegory 208
A Delayed Meeting 215
Notes on a Necessary Pact 222
Afterword 233
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