In the Land of Men
By Antonya Nelson
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780684846866, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 18, 1999
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In this powerful collection of stories, Antonya Nelson portrays women whose lives have slipped loose from their moorings and the men who can't really anchor them. Here we meet Roxanne, the tomboy who consistently chooses men who are not her equal; the loving Marta, whose husband keeps a separate house where he retreats when married life overwhelms him; and Bebe, a married mother of two teenagers who leaves it all behind when her lover comes on a motorcycle to claim her. With painfully keen perception, Nelson creates stories that linger in the mind long after they are read, and which create a unique view of relations between the sexes in the small towns and big cities of America.
Antonya Nelson teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, and is the award-winning author of three novels and four short story collections. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Best American Short Stories. She divides her time among Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico.
The New York Times Book Review
Wonderful stories. What holds them together...is...Nelson's unsentimental generosity toward her characters, her perfectionism about detail, and...her understanding that unhappiness is not tragic -- it's just a fact of life.
Charles Dickinson author of With or Without Children, lovers, the dispossessed, the heartbroken, the purely evil, Antonya Nelson inhabits them all with the ease of a new master.
Charles Baxter author of Believers Women under the gaze of men gaze back in these vivid and memorable stories, which might have been written by a passionate anthropologist interested in the odd habits of men: their violent intimacies, their need to keep everything compartmentalized, their occasional, painful lucidity.