This is a collection of twenty-five short stories and five poems written by students at the New School for Social Research....

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NEW VOICES '64

This is a collection of twenty-five short stories and five poems written by students at the New School for Social Research. The editor claims that most of the writing here is not what is called ""student writing"" but still, most of the stories are concerned with young people trying to ""find themselves"" or cope with the problems of growing up. In A Young Person with Get Up and Go by Anne Parsons, a young boy tries to make his life with an indifferent family and a mentally ill mother more bearable; When the Banks Give Away Free Money by Diana Carey shows the near hopelessness of a young husband trying to save money on a small salary; and Marry Me, Carry Me by Anthony Lang is a kind of flippant but engaging story about a girl in love with a homosexual. Sherry Bunin's Beaver is Dead is a very simple but effective account of a young married woman who finally has her teeth straightened and regrets the loss of her old self. In Memorial Day 1661 by Bedros Najarian, a Turkish-American youth unhappily compares the fate of his invalid father with his heroes, Hemingway and Faulkner. And A Bottle of Sherry to Doctor Folk by Helen Hudson relates the last grand dinner party given by an old lady on her way to a nursing home. There is some banal and some overly self-conscious work here, but for the most part the collection is skillful and interesting and is certainly a worthy enterprise.

Pub Date: June 29, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964