Terrific Mother

ISBN
9780571351831
Published
07/03/2019
9780571351831
Format
Paperback
Price
£3.50
Paperback
80

About the Book

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

Adrienne is living in a puritanical age, when the best compliment a childless woman can get is: ‘You’d make a terrific mother’. That’s when she goes to her friends’ Labor Day picnic and accidentally kills their baby.

The shock of this scene is expertly packed into two brief paragraphs. What follows is Adrienne’s retreat from life and her attempt to return to it.

Her sharp scepticism about the people around her is achingly funny. Yet beyond derision there is forgiveness and something along the lines of love.

Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. Adrienne is living in a puritanical age, when the best compliment a childless woman can get is: ‘You’d make a terrific mother’. That’s when she goes to her friends’ Labor Day picnic and accidentally kills their baby.The shock of this scene is expertly packed into two brief paragraphs. What follows is Adrienne’s retreat from life and her attempt to return to it.Her sharp scepticism about the people around her is achingly funny. Yet beyond derision there is forgiveness and something along the lines of love.Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.
  • Lorrie Moore

    Lorrie Moore, after serving for almost three decades as the Delmore Schwartz Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received numerous grants and awards, from among others: the Lannan Foundation, the National Books Critics Circle, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize.

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