A Hasty Bunch was published a half-century ago in Paris in a limited edition by Contact Editionsand never reprinted until now.
The first story, “Backslider,” chronicles Gert Northrup’s fall from grace with ironic understanding. In “Sing the Baby to Sleep, Marietta,” McAlmon’s lyricism and sharpness of eye for the colors of the New Mexico desert create an almost unbearable tension in a story of two women in love with the same man. “Light Woven into Wavespray” displays McAlmon’s youthful self-consciousness about a man’s romantic yearnings. “A Boy’s Discovery” is a moving example of the tough, poignant analysis of the young which is characteristic of McAlmon’s work. “The Psychoanalyzed Girl” portrays a memorableand astonishingly modern young woman in Montparnasse. “A Family Business” is a delightful characterization of an ailing guest at the “Rest an Hour Kosher year-round hotel.” And in “Abrupt Decision” a docile housewife is brought to a realization of the futility of all things.
Students of McAlmon’s work will welcome this republication of his almost inaccessible collection of short stories. General readers of fiction and short stories unfamiliar with McAlmon until now will be astonished by the range and diversity of one of the most influential writers of the Paris renaissance of the 1920s.
|Publisher:||Southern Illinois University Press|
|Series:||Lost American Fiction Series|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.75(w) x 7.38(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Robert McAlmon was born in Clifton, Kansas, in 1896. He returned to the United States in 1935. He died in Desert Hot Springs, California, in 1956.
Kay Boyle recently retired from the faculty at California State University at San Francisco. Her most recent novel is The Underground Woman.