MISS LEONORA WHEN LAST SEEN And Fifteen Other Stories by Peter Taylor

MISS LEONORA WHEN LAST SEEN And Fifteen Other Stories

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little more than a third of these short stories are new; some are earlier collection items from The Widows of Thornton and A Long Fourth; they have appeared in the better magazines, little and otherwise; and they have a southern background (Tennessee) where the present has encroached only imperceptibly and the ""has been quality"" still limns the lives of those who appear now, making their small accommodations and adjustments to time and to each other. In Reservations a bride (locked in a bathroom) and a groom voice their mutual suspicions and grievances for the first time: At the Drugstore is a subtle superimposition of the past on the present; again there are retrospective vistas in Strange Story and A Spinster's Tale; the title story which pursues the whereabouts of an elderly eccentric, is a haunted, touching tale.... Mr. Taylor, always a critic's choice, is a soft focus writer; his acoustics are excellent and his stories are to be read for the subtleties of their inferences and inflections.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1963
Publisher: olensky