SUMMER by Jack Ansell


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These are stories about people who are sociological or psychological outsiders, generally in the South. Often these people are Jews, forced to take stands on integration that may affect their livelihoods or their lives, cursed with the double vision of those who hover between the inside and outside; other times they are senile old ladies -- living in the real or imagined pasts, hiring gigolos, seducing young boys at their summer camps; a crazy woman who kills her son to keep him from her hated husband; a scarred man unable to look at the wife he hurt in an accident; a son and stepfather brought together by their mutual murderous hatred; spinsters and aging queers taking refuge from the world in a restaurant where each night they spin out fantasies about each other. A popular novelist, Ansell seems careless about these stories and sketches in which the joints are clarly showing: the plot lines somehow too clear, the endings predictable, a constant enervating mood or ironic resignation coupled with a touch of absurdity -- only sometimes redeemed by characters that, for all their similarity, exist somehow more surely than the events which surround them.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1973
Publisher: Arbor House