Women and Ghosts

Women and Ghosts

by Alison Lurie
     
 

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With tales exquisitely strange and perfectly told, the best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs delights us yet again with nine tales of women and of the unexpected.

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With tales exquisitely strange and perfectly told, the best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs delights us yet again with nine tales of women and of the unexpected.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From Pulitzer-winning novelist Lurie (Foreign Affairs) comes this first-and disappointing-short-story collection with a supernatural slant. Humorously spooky at best, and breaking no new ground, the nine stories here feature women who are disturbed during their daily routines by the appearance of Disney-like entities from another realm. A dead boyfriend returns to prevent his ex from dating other men; a wicked highboy doesn't want its drawers opened; a Wordsworth scholar turns into a sheep; a woman on a diet is plagued by obese ghosts who lure her into bakeries. Lurie's storytelling remains smooth throughout; what's missing is any sense of risk-taking or envelope-pushing. The endings are consistently dull and often gimmicky, and many of the stories are formulaic. An exception to the routine entries is ``The Pool People,'' whose premise about a rich woman's swimming pool haunted by workmen has a strong social tension ticking away behind it. Overall, though, this is wraithlike entertainment from an author who usually delivers far more substantive work. Paperback rights to Avon; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The nine short stories in this collection display Lurie's fascination with the supernatural. Known for her incisive look at the battle between the sexes (The War Between the Tates, LJ 8/74), the author moves to the edges of reality where malevolent spirits harass the living, punishing them for previous misdeeds. The stories range from the humorous, like "Fat People," in which an overweight woman is haunted by visions of incredibly obese people when she tries to diet; to the tragic, like "The Pool People," in which the spirits of two dead workers wreak their revenge on the socialite whose callousness and cruelty caused their deaths. In between, Lurie explores the gray areas of reality, showing, for instance, that the ghosts haunting a woman may not be authentic spirits but an illusion created by her fragile psyche. While this lightweight collection is not vintage Lurie, it should appeal to lovers of the supernatural and will undoubtedly be popular around Halloween.-Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380725014
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.57(d)

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