By Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble's novels have illuminated the previous fifty years, particularly the altering lives of girls, like no others. but her brief fiction has its personal certain brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of personality and position, her wide-ranging interest, her experience of irony—all are on exhibit right here, in tales that discover marriage, lady friendships, the English vacationer out of the country, amorous affairs with homes, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural television courses; in tales which are perceptive, sharp, and humorous. An advent via the Spanish educational José Fernández areas the tales within the context of her existence and her novels. This assortment is a superb recapitulation of a masterly occupation.
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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories by Margaret Drabble