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The winter without milk : stories

Author: Jane Avrich
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jane Avrich explores the perils of desire in these fifteen stories. Here are characters irresistibly attracted to excess -- material, emotional, spiritual -- who must in the end choose between a life of self-indulgence and a life of self-control. The results are both disastrous and uplifting, and often wickedly funny. Throughout the book are reimagined characters from literature and history -- Oedipus, Lady Macbeth,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Psychological fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Avrich
ISBN: 0618251421 9780618251421
OCLC Number: 51223716
Notes: "A Mariner original."
Description: 211 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: La belle dame sans merci --
Life in dearth --
Trash traders --
Waiting rooms --
Literary lonelyhearts --
Lady MacBeth, prickly pear queen --
Miss Carmichael's funeral --
The braid --
Chez Oedipus --
The census taker --
The great flood --
The charwoman --
Zanzibar --
The banshee's song --
The winter without milk.
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Jane Avrich explores the perils of desire in these fifteen stories. Here are characters irresistibly attracted to excess -- material, emotional, spiritual -- who must in the end choose between a life of self-indulgence and a life of self-control. The results are both disastrous and uplifting, and often wickedly funny. Throughout the book are reimagined characters from literature and history -- Oedipus, Lady Macbeth, Scheherezade, for example -- as well as everyday people who want more. A devious London career girl wants romance, so she anonymously courts a married neighbor with poetry. A rich, womanizing bachelor dates Hester Prynne. An androgynous young cat burglar secretly wants only the jacks owned by a local boy. In building the cathedral of Chartres, the workers in that French town trade their cows for oxen and lose thirteen children from the lack of milk, only to be reassured that the children have become "cherubim-- looking down from Heaven."

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