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My sister's hand in mine : the collected works of Jane Bowles
Bowles, Jane, 1917-1973.
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Second Noonday Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Noonday Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
ix, 476 pages ; 21 cm
Two serious ladies -- In the summer house -- Plain pleasures. Plain pleasures ; Everything is nice ; A Guatemalan idyll ; Camp Cataract ; A day in the open ; A quarreling pair ; A stick of green candy -- Other stories. Andrew ; Emmy Moore's journal ; Going to Massachusetts -- From the notebooks. The iron table ; Lila and Frank ; Friday.
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PS3503.O837 M9 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3503.O837 M9 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Though she wrote only one novella, one short play, and fewer than a dozen short stories over a roughly twenty-year span from the early 1940s to the mid-1960s, Jane Bowles has long been regarded by critics as one of the premier stylists of her generation. Enlivened at unexpected moments by sexual exploration, mysticism, and flashes of wit alternately dry and hilarious, her prose is spare and honed, her stories filled with subtly sly characterizations of men and, mostly, women, dissatisfied not so much with the downward spiral of their fortunes as with the hollowness of their neat little lives. She focuses her eagle eye on such predicaments as the separate emergences of Miss Goering and Mrs. Copperfield from their affluent, airless lives in New York and Panama into a less defined but intense sexual and social maelstrom in the novella Two Serious Ladies; the doomed efforts of the neighbors Mr. Drake and Mrs. Perry to form a connection out of their very different loneliness in "Plain Pleasures"; and the bittersweet cultural collision of an American wife and a peasant woman in Morocco in "Everything Is Nice." Jane Bowles creates whole worlds out of the unexpressed longings of individuals, adrift in their own lives, whether residing in their childhood homes or in faraway lands that are somehow both stranger and more familiar than what they left behind. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Joy WilliamsTruman Capote
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Two Serious Ladiesp. 1
In the Summer Housep. 203
Plain Pleasuresp. 297
Plain Pleasuresp. 299
Everything Is Nicep. 313
A Guatemalan Idyllp. 321
Camp Cataractp. 359
A Day in the Openp. 402
A Quarreling Pairp. 414
A Stick of Green Candyp. 420
Other Storiesp. 433
Andrewp. 435
Emmy Moore's Journalp. 443
Going to Massachusettsp. 450
From the Notebooksp. 463
The Iron Tablep. 465