Winters Tales, New Series 7

Robin Baird-Smith, Editor St. Martin's Press $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-07122-6
Diverse geographical and emotional terrains are explored in this latest rewarding and provocative installment of the well-known annual anthology of stories. In Patrick McGrath's ``The Other Psychiatrist,'' a devasting satire on the psychoanalytic profession, a suicidal patient's precarious condition takes a back seat to the acrimonious rivalry between two shrinks at an upstate New York mental home. Balraj Khanna's ``The Last Card Game'' features an unhappily married Punjabi transplanted to London who uses the promises of his shrewish, continental wife's sexual favors as a bargaining chip in a wild card game. Interior monologue enlivens Laura Kalpakian's witty portrayal of an American arts administrator in Italy, a specialist in Renaissance angels whose complex love life is anything but heavenly (``Change at Empoli''). Marriage is on the rocks in Helen Harris's ``The Mirage,'' about a hilariously mismatched childless couple, and in Tony Peake's ``Necessary Appendages,'' in which a newlywed wife tries to accommodate her husband's homosexual yearnings. Two or three of the 12 stories misfire, but these are more than compensated for by the successes here. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
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