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The peaceable kingdom : stories

Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
Francine Prose, widely praised as "one of the most astute observers of American ways", in this new collection of stories once again displays the keen wit, ironic insight, and unsentimental compassion that have won her the praise of readers and critics alike. Hailed as "social satire at its slyest and best", her fiction has been described as "hilarious and shocking", "relentless and scathingly perceptive", and "as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francine Prose
ISBN: 0374230420 9780374230425
OCLC Number: 27814168
Description: 231 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Talking dog --
Cauliflower heads --
Rubber life --
Amazing --
Ghirlandaio --
Amateur voodoo --
Potato world --
Dog stories --
Imaginary problems --
The shining path --
Hansel and Gretel.
Responsibility: Francine Prose.

Abstract:

Francine Prose, widely praised as "one of the most astute observers of American ways", in this new collection of stories once again displays the keen wit, ironic insight, and unsentimental compassion that have won her the praise of readers and critics alike. Hailed as "social satire at its slyest and best", her fiction has been described as "hilarious and shocking", "relentless and scathingly perceptive", and "as graceful as it is wrenching". The inhabitants of Prose's peaceable kingdom are getting the surprises of their lives. The things they thought they'd wanted - marriage and children, travel, work - even the compromises they imagined they'd made, no longer sustain them. A young woman on her Italian honeymoon suddenly realizes that her high-minded ecologist husband will have to save the world without her. A child on a class trip recognizes in the friezes of an Egyptian tomb the inevitable, tragic procession of her life to come. A teenager has a rude awakening when she is pursued to Paris by the boy of her dreams. Nothing is dependable in this world where weddings and birthday parties go unpredictably, awry, strangers blurt out disturbing confessions, and even the family pets reveal themselves to be agents of discord and disruption - and where the seemingly tranquil surface of ordinary happiness barely conceals the darker, more mysterious and brutal truth about this deceptively peaceable kingdom.

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