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Title:
Earthly justice
Author:
Goldman, E. S.
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Publication Information:
[Chicago, Ill.] : Tri Quarterly Books/Another Chicago Press ; Oak Park, Ill. : distributed by ILPA, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
200 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780929968131

9780929968148
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Book

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Reviews 4

Booklist Review

These stories, all set on Cape Cod, are pinpoint sketches of people who are, variously, narrow-minded, obsessive, creative, generous, and vindictive. Though never molding substantial characters, Goldman reveals human characteristics and tells of human relationships. Without judging their actions, he allows his characters to judge themselves, and by stopping short of conclusion, he forces the reader to realize his or her own desire to deal out an appropriate fate. This retired entrepreneur's writing is competent, but lack of clarity and superfluous information weaken the effort. An interesting--though unremarkable--addition to larger and regional fiction collections. ~--Angus Trimnell


Library Journal Review

The setting of this collection is Cape Cod--its private back roads, beaches, civic meetings, galleries, and shops. Here Fate works chastening ironies upon the character of decent, ordinary folk. ``Way to the Dump'' (published in Best American Short Stories, 1988 ) traces the calamitous last day in the life of a retired executive expecting his former rival's visit. The protagonist of ``Dog People'' comes to a similarly unfortunate end. ``Clay Carter's Will'' is about a husband's misreading of a painting and his posthumous revenge gone awry. In the title story, a seeming fishing accident inflicts punishment on an innocent man. Goldman's moral portraits of inner anguish tempered by outward reserve in the microcosm of ``the Cape'' are sardonic, suspenseful, and finally devastating. Winner, at the age of 77, of the William Goyen Prize for Fiction, the author has also written the comic novel Big Chocolate Cookies (J. Daniel, 1988) and a collection of poetry.-- Mary Soete, San Diego P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

These stories, all set on Cape Cod, are pinpoint sketches of people who are, variously, narrow-minded, obsessive, creative, generous, and vindictive. Though never molding substantial characters, Goldman reveals human characteristics and tells of human relationships. Without judging their actions, he allows his characters to judge themselves, and by stopping short of conclusion, he forces the reader to realize his or her own desire to deal out an appropriate fate. This retired entrepreneur's writing is competent, but lack of clarity and superfluous information weaken the effort. An interesting--though unremarkable--addition to larger and regional fiction collections. ~--Angus Trimnell


Library Journal Review

The setting of this collection is Cape Cod--its private back roads, beaches, civic meetings, galleries, and shops. Here Fate works chastening ironies upon the character of decent, ordinary folk. ``Way to the Dump'' (published in Best American Short Stories, 1988 ) traces the calamitous last day in the life of a retired executive expecting his former rival's visit. The protagonist of ``Dog People'' comes to a similarly unfortunate end. ``Clay Carter's Will'' is about a husband's misreading of a painting and his posthumous revenge gone awry. In the title story, a seeming fishing accident inflicts punishment on an innocent man. Goldman's moral portraits of inner anguish tempered by outward reserve in the microcosm of ``the Cape'' are sardonic, suspenseful, and finally devastating. Winner, at the age of 77, of the William Goyen Prize for Fiction, the author has also written the comic novel Big Chocolate Cookies (J. Daniel, 1988) and a collection of poetry.-- Mary Soete, San Diego P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.