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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

Complete Short Stories

By Margaret Drabble; Jose Francisco Fernandez (Editor)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780547550404, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2011


Margaret Drabble's novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of irony all are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by the Spanish academic Jose Fernandez places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

Praise For A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

"Smooth, reflective prose... Drabble's fans will savor these bite-sized examples of her humane intelligence."-Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the hands of a talented writer, the short story can illuminate the human condition with remarkable economy. It can leave you devastated � or elated � in a matter of minutes. More at

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