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Victory over Japan: A Book of Stories (1984)

by Ellen Gilchrist

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Fourteen stories focus on a group of southern women who seek happiness and a sense of worth in bars, marriages, divorces, art, drug use, lovers' arms, and earthquakes.

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I love Ellen Gilchrist and have read most of what she has written. However, I had never read the book for which she won the National Book Award.

Gilchrist usually writes short stories as opposed to a conventional novel. However, the same cast of characters weave in and out of all of her stories so, in the end, they seem like old friends.

Soome of these stories I have read in other collections of her work and some are brand new to me. But the characters, Rhoda, Nora Jean, Crystal & Traceleen are like members of my family who I love to visit over and over again. ( )
  etxgardener | Jan 21, 2010 |
3210. Victory Over Japan / A Book of Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (read 21 June 1999) This won the 1984 National Book Award. Many of the stories are weird (they have nothing to do with war) and some are so goofy as to be funny. There are 14 stories and none are worth exulting about but they are easy to read and are told in a clear style. I still have 22 National Book Award-winners for fiction unread. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 4, 2007 |
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"Nerve" in Gilchrist's work is not a narrow thread. It is present in her unadorned sentences, her unfailing ear, her clear and unsentimental gaze and in the attention paid to lust. In these fourteen stories, rash behaviors make for bold characterizations: The danger zones into which these deliciously flawed southern women trespass are ruled by money, passion, and the disappointments delivered by mothers, marriage, and men.

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