Women In Their Beds (eBook)
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In these 35 stories, one struggles to find a sentence that is anything less than jewel-box perfect.The New York Times Book Review
Gina Berriault is known for the complexity and compassion with which she weaves her characters, and her stories are such models of economy that they seem almost telepathic. In this reissue of her collected storiestwenty years after its first publicationwith a new introduction by renowned author and devoted Berriault advocate Peter Ornerwe see the deft hand of this well-loved master of the short story at its best.
Berriault employs her vital sensibilitysometimes subtly ironic and sometimes achingly rawto touch on the inevitability of suffering and the nature of individuality, daring to see into the essence of our predicaments. What moves us? What dictates our behavior? What alters us? Her writing is spare, evanescent, pulsing with life and shimmering with life's strange hope. Her stories illustrate the depth of her emotional understanding.
Half the women in the world are right now in bed, theirs or somebody else's, whether it's night or day, whether they want to be or not WithWomen in Their Beds, Berriault's prosemoving, honest, and wiseachieves a mastery of the short story form that was in evidence every step of her long career. She was a completely modern writer, blessed with an exquisite sense of the potency of words and the ability to create moments of empathy that are both disturbing and mysteriously amusing.