The Seasons of Women: An Anthology

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A wonderful gift for a friend, daughter, mother, wife—or for savoring by oneself.
This collection of work by contemporary American women writers celebrates the passions, joys, losses, courage, quests, and wisdom of women through all the seasons of their lives.
The unusually broad range of this anthology makes it a unique, contemporary view of our pleasures and sorrows from girlhood through maturity. It offers a chance to remember past ...

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Overview

A wonderful gift for a friend, daughter, mother, wife—or for savoring by oneself.
This collection of work by contemporary American women writers celebrates the passions, joys, losses, courage, quests, and wisdom of women through all the seasons of their lives.
The unusually broad range of this anthology makes it a unique, contemporary view of our pleasures and sorrows from girlhood through maturity. It offers a chance to remember past experiences and contemplate coming seasons—to gain a sense of continuity in one's life as a woman. It concentrates on the spiritual growth of women as they progress through life.
The almost fifty authors include Gail Godwin, Anne Tyler, Terry McMillan, Lucy Grealy, Pam Houston, Dorothy Allison, May Sarton, and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as little-known work by some strong, new voices. Memoirs, short stories, essays, and all the other myriad ways women use language to explore their experience as women make this a full and always stimulating reading experience.

A wonderful gift, this collection of work by contemporary American women writers celebrates the passions, joys, losses, courage, quests, and wisdom of women through all the seasons of their lives. The unusually broad range of this anthology makes it a unique, contemporary view of our pleasures and sorrows from girlhood through maturity.

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Editorial Reviews

Alice Joyce
Grand in vision and scope, this anthology celebrates the rich and strange life-passages contemporary American women could well encounter. Encompassing girlhood to mature old age, and including representations of the profound joys and bittersweet heartaches that accompany the realms of love, marriage, children, and career, the works selected here are grouped in sequence to commemorate these seasons of women's experience. Snippets of memoirs, short stories, excerpts from novels, and essays are among the range of literary forms editor Norris looks to in order to create an emotional landscape greater than one based simply on the number of years one has lived. Nearly 50 superb writers, most of whom are quite well known, present the sort of defining encounters and struggles readers may ponder to view other women coming to terms with being female today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393038606
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Norris is the author of Looking for Bobby and the editor of New American Short Stories. She is a former editor in chief of the Book-of-the-Month Club, where she also served as a judge. Her short stories have appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories; and in New Stories from the South, as well as in literary anthologies and magazines. Norris lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Over the Mountain 3
My Lucy Friend Who Smells like Corn 19
Wildflowers 21
Celia behind Me 29
Summer Fruits 36
A Cold Frozen Day 42
That Green and Crazy Summer 46
Celia's Time 59
First Boyfriend 63
Dottie Meets Dick 65
"Forget What I Just Said" 78
Me and My Baby View the Eclipse 92
The Mountain Day 104
Flip-Flops 123
Greenwich Village 127
My Amoeba 133
Mirrorings 136
Striptease 147
The Life You Live (May Not Be Your Own) 159
Goodbye to All That 176
Blueprints 187
Breathing Lessons 201
"I Don't Believe This" 212
First Thoughts on My Second Marriage 222
The War Begins 225
Desire 244
My Ghost 256
Are You Mine? 261
The Adoption 278
A Mother's Love 279
Anger and Tenderness 282
Luciela Louise Turner 290
I Stand Here Ironing 294
Mama 301
Not the Phil Donahue Show 312
Cathy, Now and Then 327
On the Road 339
Four Directions 344
Skin, Where She Touches Me 359
Silent Dancing 380
In My Next Life 388
Ruthy and Edie 399
Fifty Is What Forty Used to Be 409
A Tooth for Every Child 413
Late Loving 426
Coming of Age 428
Miracles in the Sky and on the Road 432
Mrs. Moonlight 437
At Seventy: A Journal 452
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