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"At last, after the forty out-of-print years, this selection out of Dorothy Canfield Fisher's incomparable short fiction comes available, but for new readers the joy of discovery, the joy of revelation--marvel at the breadth, range, richness of yield. More: an introduction to the existence of this important American writer of stature whose achievement, meaning for us now—and beauty—have too long been scarcely known. In essential respects, Dorothy Canfield Fisher's work (and life), as revealed in Mark Madigan's superb introduction and afterword, are not dated. They speak directly to, of, our time, our needs, our central concerns. Joy and gratitude from those of us who have so long loved, been sustained and ever deepened by her and before had only our worn books, our Xeroxing to depend on in our passion to make her work known."—Tillie Olsen
"War, greed, love, women's rights, marital discord and race relations are prominent themes in the unaffectedly realist stories of Fisher (1879-1958), once a bestselling novelist. The 11 stories and two essays reprinted here resonate with contemporary relevance. . . . Though at times sentimental and didactic, Fisher's stories are nevertheless engaging and still timely."—Publishers Weekly
"This new collection reflects the range of Fisher's subjects between 1906 and 1956, from the unexpected triumph of an old maid quilter in New England to the early struggles of Booker T. Washington, the courage of a young French mother during WWI, and the anguish of prisoners of WWII. . . . Highly recommended."