In the Land of Men

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In the Land of Men


By Antonya Nelson

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684846866, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 1999


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.

Praise For In the Land of Men

Edward Allen
The New York Times Book Review

Wonderful stories. What holds them'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.