Never Say Goodbye

Phyllis Rose, Author Nan A. Talese $18.95 (144p) ISBN 978-0-385-41692-4
Judicious selection and graceful arrangement mark this slim collection of essays, allowing Rose ( Jazz Cleopatra ) full range of voice. Considering the seductions of shopping (the volume is named after a favorite secondhand store) or the moral value of a college education, Rose, who teaches literature at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, offers idiosyncratic, authoritative ruminations that, while sometimes generalizing from specifics, never overreach. Firmly grounded in details--from the description of a restaurant meal in ``Of Shared Memories,'' readers could recognize the writer's mother on the street or in a conversation--and devoid of sentimentality and facile irony, the previously published essays (many from the New York Times ``Hers'' column) are grouped by setting: New York, France and New England. Passionate, witty and generous, Rose's observations reveal a writer of warmth and conviction. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
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