Dream Date: Stories

Jean McGarry, Author Johns Hopkins University Press $19.95 (248p) ISBN 978-0-8018-6937-2
Dream Date, Jean McGarry's sixth collection of stories, lays bare the insecurities, infidelities and inadequacies of its upper-middle-class characters. Men take the lead in the first section and women dominate the second, though McGarry is too sophisticated for a mere ""he said/she said"" dialectic. An arrogant classics scholar's dinner with his superiors and wife (on whom he's cheating) ends disastrously in ""Among the Philistines,"" while an arts administrator's affair with a violinist is derailed when she learns she has cancer in ""Body and Soul."" Although the tone of these mini-dramas is often rather arch, with characters uttering lines like ""The props of marriage are many, Arthur,"" they are insightful and meticulously crafted. (July)
Reviewed on: 04/22/2002
Release date: 04/01/2002
Genre: Fiction
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