The Lady Who Sold Furniture by John MetcalfThe Lady Who Sold Furniture by John Metcalf

The Lady Who Sold Furniture

byJohn Metcalf

Paperback | June 1, 1971

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Concerned with the shifting notions of identity as they are grasped by children, adolescents, and young men, this collection includes such poised and witty tales as “Early Morning Rabbits,” “Keys and Watercress,” and the title novella. Variety and reality is heightened by the author's deft handling of language and by the subtle texturing in every story in the collection.
John Metcalf is the author of Carry on Bumping, Freedom from Culture: Selected Essays, 1982–92, and The Bumper Book.
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Title:The Lady Who Sold FurnitureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 1, 1971Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0920802095

ISBN - 13:9780920802090

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Young, attractive and amoral, Jeanne is proprietor of a furniture business with a twist: she doesn't own what she sells. Finding employment as a housekeeper with a wealthy family, she waits for her new employers' first weekend out of town, then sells the contents of the home to a friendly fence. Then it's a new name, a new family and a new house to case. While Jeanne claims to enjoy the game, there's a hint of uneasiness and loneliness in her work -- and her lover is outright disturbed by it. Five short stories accompany John Metcalf's title novella, showcasing his gift for imagery and understanding of character.