THE COLLECTED STORIES by Grace Paley

THE COLLECTED STORIES

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Grace Paley hasn't written much, but the stories she has written are gems, and all of them (from The Little Disturbances of Man; Enormous Changes at the Last Minute; and Later the Same Day) are collected here. The narrator speaking at the end of one story, ``Wants,'' demonstrates the virtues of Paley's prose: ``I wanted to have been married forever to one person, my ex-husband or my present one. Either has enough character for a whole life, which as it turns out is really not such a long time. You couldn't exhaust either man's qualities or get under the rock of his reasons in one short life.'' Paley writes with a declarative elegance all her own, and her best characters display a dogged courage to be confused and curious about their lives.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-374-12636-4
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1994




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