'My husband gave me a broom one Christmas. This wasn't right. No one can tell me it was meant kindly..."Thanks, chum," I said...It was a mean present to give a woman you planned on never seeing again.' No one writes about love like Grace Paley. These unforgettable stories about women and men in the thick of life and the love-hate relationships between them are shrewd, funny, full of feeling. In Grace Paley's special world anything can happen, and it usually does to the loving couples, bickering couples, deserted wives and discarded husbands who inhabit these pages. But Grace Paley's lovers stare life full in the face. Whatever befalls them, the underlying gaiety of life and the sheer ludicrousness of what they get themselves into is always there: they emerge battered-but triumphant. These superb stories wonderfully exhibit Grace Paley's splendid and unique vision of life, the richness of her imagination, her wicked wit. First published in 1959, this is the book which established her reputation as a master of the short story, one of the most brilliant and original writers of fiction in America today.
Contents: Goodbye and good luck / A woman, young and old / The pale pink roast / The loudest voice / The contest / An interest in life / An irrevocable diameter / Two short sad stories from a long and happy life : 1. The used-boy raisers 2. A subject of childhood / In time which made a monkey of us all / The floating truth.