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New York Mosaic

by Isabel Bolton

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On their first publication, Isabel Bolton's novellas won high praise from such reviewers as Edmund Wilson and Diana Trilling (who in 1946 called her 'the most important new novelist in the English language to appear in years'). Highly poetic, evocative stories of city life, the characters in these novellas are mirrored by the complexities of New York itself. Out of print for many years, New York Mosaic, brings together the finest fiction from this unique and timeless writer.… (more)

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DO I WAKE OR SLEEP

With half of her attention Millicent regarded Bridget and with the other half looked out upon the scene surrounding her.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The Christmas season, thought Mrs Danforth, pacing up and down her living room, did queer things to you, compassing you round with all your memories - remembering other Christmases, you might indeed say other existences; for she was one to keep an eye on her own mortality, and the sum total of her experiences gave her frequently the oddest sense of having led many different lives and passed through many periods of history.
MANY MANSIONS

It had snowed in the night, but the snow had been removed from the streets.
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Contains: Do I Wake or Sleep, The Christmas Tree, Many Mansions
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On their first publication, Isabel Bolton's novellas won high praise from such reviewers as Edmund Wilson and Diana Trilling (who in 1946 called her 'the most important new novelist in the English language to appear in years'). Highly poetic, evocative stories of city life, the characters in these novellas are mirrored by the complexities of New York itself. Out of print for many years, New York Mosaic, brings together the finest fiction from this unique and timeless writer.

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Contains: Do I Wake or Sleep, The Christmas Tree, Many Mansions

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Set against the cocktail parties and genteel society of New York's Upper East Side are the socialites, failed artists and candid children of Isabel Bolton's fictional world. In Do I Wake or Sleep, a journalist, an alcoholic novelist and a beautiful European refugee encounter each other for just twenty four hours; A mother in The Christmas Tree sees her Christmas festivities fall apart when her divorced gay son has to endure the contempt of his own child; and Many Mansions describes the feelings of an eighty-year-old woman on rereading an unpublished manuscript about her own life. Published for the first time in Virago Modern Classics, these stories are meticulously crafted, highly poetic evocations of a forgotten way of life.
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