Fiction Joanne Greenberg With the Snow Queen

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With the Snow Queen

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A rich cornucopia of Joanne Greenberg's recent shorter prose, including a brilliant futuristic novella and a dozen of her best short stories. The title novella deals with time travel and reliving one's life, the results of which are both moving and tragic. All of the dozen stories are small gems, each very different from the others in subject and setting.

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At least four of the 14 stories in Greenberg's collection deserve to be classics. Writing in a futuristic vein, the author invests the title story with universal resonance. When a woman on a planet where fear and repression are endemic applies for a time-travel pass to her past life on earth, she falls in love with a man who does not know her identity and unwittingly becomes the agent of tragedy. Here, as throughout the collection--in "Elizabeth Baird," about a gentle woman whose slight cerebral lesion causes behavior that sets her apart; "Stand Still, Ute River," a quiet tale about the casting out of sins that ends with a provocative twist; and the wry "Retrieval," in which an elderly heroine repeatedly witnesses to scenes of violence--Greenberg's stories are ironically nuanced, tough in their implications but tender in their sympathy for the human condition. Though many of these tales are set in Colorado, some add a dimension of magical realism. In two darkly humorous stories characters come alive to the writers who created them. "Like a Native" draws on Greenberg's special knowledge of Sign language and the world of the deaf and dumb. Although she sometimes over-reaches for effect, at their best Greenberg's stories have emotional depth and compassion, psychological acuity and the implication of moral consequences.
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From Library Journal:

Greenberg's new book ( I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) contains the title novella and a baker's dozen short stories, some previously published in magazines. Varying widely in theme and setting, all show Greenberg's characteristically deft touch with her characters. The title story deals with time travel and a woman who is allowed to relive her life. The reader, powerfully engaged by the protagonist's feelings, is left with questions that echo in the mind long after the page is turned. Two stories deal provocatively with the relationship between an author and the characters he/she creates, while "Like a Native" focuses on the gulf between the hearing and the deaf. Greenberg excels at picking moments out of everyday life and illuminating them with unexpected comparisons or a unique point of view. Emotional and compassionate, these should appeal to all who have enjoyed Green berg's previous work. Previewed in Pre pub Alert, LJ 12/90.
- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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