Love and Loss: Stories of the Heart

Georgina Hammick, Author Faber & Faber $21.95 (223p) ISBN 978-0-571-12928-7
This fine collection of short fiction brings together such venerable 20th-century women writers as Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Bowen and Dorothy Parker as well as some of their lesser-known--and more contemporary--sisters in the English-speaking world, from Africa to New Zealand to Ontario to Surrey to Manhattan. Though all 21 stories explore and illuminate the subject of love and loss, Hammick ( People for Breakfast ) applies the theme loosely, thus allowing a richer and more complete picture of human life in general and the experiences of women in particular. In ``Lappin and Lapinova,'' Woolf limns a married couple whose elaborate fantasy world dissipates as the marriage crumbles. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala examines disillusionment in the wrenching ``Miss Sahib,'' about a retired English teacher dowager in India and her friendship with a younger and selfish Indian woman. Some of the most moving pieces here are by less established writers: Rahila Gupta's tale of a middle-aged Indian woman infatuated with her son-in-law (``Untouchable'') and Shena Mackay's story about an affair (``Evening Surgery'') are small gems that will leave readers eager to peruse more of the authors' work. A solid, durable anthology. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
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