A generous selection of 35 stories containing many from Berriault's earlier collections (The Infinite Passion of...

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WOMEN IN THEIR BEDS: New and Selected Stories

A generous selection of 35 stories containing many from Berriault's earlier collections (The Infinite Passion of Expectation, 1982, etc.) and ten previously uncollected. Of the newer work, the standouts are: an astringent tale of marital infidelity (""A Dream of Fair Women""); a wonderfully complex analysis of the relationship between a famous sculptor and the son whom he abandons and, in so doing, paradoxically empowers; and the superb title story, about a would-be actress, employed as a hospital social worker, who gains unwelcome and frightening knowledge about the variety, and extremities, of human behavior. Berriault's tense, probing stories, sometimes inelegantly fashioned or unaccountably abrasive, nevertheless dig deeply inside her troubled characters, and they stay with you long after.

Pub Date: March 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 363

Publisher: Counterpoint

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1996