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Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber

Buttered Side Down (1912)

by Edna Ferber

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Nice simple book of stories.....a little sappy, yet charmingly so. Lots of simple mid-western folk caught up in the glamor of city life, only to find themselves somewhat disillusioned. Ferber has a somewhat bizarre style in these stories of having some sort of little introductory conversation with the reader for several paragraphs before the story actually begins......a feature that felt a little tedious by the end. The one slightly darker piece at the end was definitely my favorite; 'Where the Car turns at 18th' Lots of early 20th century detail of retail shops and those that work there added a lot for me.....those windows into another time and unexpected place are definitely bonuses for me....where else would i stumble across this insight. Overall a pleasurable, quick, not-too-deep read. ( )
  jeffome | Nov 12, 2011 |
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The Frog and the Puddle

The Man Who Came Back

What She Wore

A Bush League Hero

The Kitchen Side of the Door

One of the Old Girls

Maymeys from Cuba

The Leading Lady

That Home-Town Feeling

The Homely Heroine

Sun Dried

Where the Car Turns at 18th
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This 1912 collection of twelve short stories is notable for its refusal to provide happily-ever-after endings. Instead, Ferber focuses on the everyday hardships and triumphs of her characters, mainly shopgirls, secretaries, and other working women. Included are The Frog and the Puddle, The Man Who Came Back, and The Homely Heroine.… (more)

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