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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories: Complete Short Stories

by Margaret Drabble

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | November 7, 2013 | Hardcover

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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 José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547550405

ISBN - 13: 9780547550404

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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories: Complete Short Stories

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547550405

ISBN - 13: 9780547550404

About the Book

Drabble's novels have illuminated the past 50 years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses It was the kind of party at which nobody got introduced. The room was dark, lit only by candles in bottles, and although a certain amount of feeble shuffling was going on in the centre of the floor, most of the guests were grouped around yelling in a more or less cheery fashion to people whom they were lucky enough to know already. There was a lot of noise, both musical and conversational, and the general tone seemed to Humphrey to be rather high, a kind of cross between the intellectual and the artistic. He could hear from time to time words like ''defence mechanism'' and ''Harold Pinter'' being bandied about above the deafening body of sound. He supposed, upon reflection, that one might have expected this kind of thing from his host, a young man whom he had met in a pub the week before, who had been most pressing in his invitation, but who had hardly seemed to recognise Humphrey at all when he had duly arrived, some time ago. Now, after half an hour of total neglect, he was beginning to feel rather annoyed. He was in many ways a conventional young man, and had not the nerve to go and accost a group of strangers, who anyway seemed to be getting on quite nicely without him, simply in order to add his own unoriginal views on Harold Pinter. On the other hand, he did not really want to leave. The situation was made even more annoying by the fact that everyone looked so interesting. That was why they were all getting on with each other so splendidly, of c
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ix
Note on the Present Edition xxi
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1
Hassan''s Tower 7
A Voyage to Cythera 23
Faithful Lovers 41
A Pyrrhic Victory 53
Crossing the Alps 63
The Gifts of War 85
A Success Story 103
A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman 115
Homework 141
The Merry Widow 151
The Dower House at Kellynch:
A Somerset Romance 169
The Caves of God 193
Stepping Westward:
A Topographical Tale 207

From the Publisher

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 José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

About the Author

MARGARET DRABBLE is the author ofThe Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, andThe Needle''s Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

Editorial Reviews

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

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