By Grace Paley
In this number of brief tales, initially released in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the radical as a kind appear almost redundant" (Angela Carter, London assessment of Books). Her tales the following catch "the itch of town, love among mom and dad and kids" and "the innovative of strive against" (Lis Harris, The manhattan instances booklet Review). during this choice of seventeen tales, she creates a "solid and very important fictional international, cross-referenced and dense with existence" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).
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