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This rich collection of stories explores the experiences and complexities of womanhood through a wide array of lenses. Edith Wharton's Atrophy tells the heartbreaking story of Nora Fenway and her clandestine lover, now dying. A wife embraces fashionable "Bloomsbury" values yet sacrifices the most important thing of all in Katherine Mansfield's Marriage a la Mode. A young lover's dilemma is beautifully portrayed in Charlotte Mew's powerful poetic narrative Some Ways of Love, while William Locke's Ladies in Lavender tells the tale of two aging sisters who become romantically involved with a stranger. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman recounts a woman's terrifying descent into madness. Also included are stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Lamb, and Mary Braddon. Sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, and always absorbing, the stories in this remarkable anthology are interpreted by Harriet Walter with tenderness and sensitivity.
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This collection presents a rich medley of stories that touch upon the depths, triumphs, and complexities of women's experiences and relationships. Narrator Harriet Walter captures the restraint of all the heroines, as well as their various accents--American, English, Scots, French, and others, all uniquely believable. Walter delivers soft enunciations as the stories shift from the heartbreaking--"Atrophy" by Edith Wharton, "Some Ways of Love" by Charlotte Mew, and "Marriage la Mode" by Katherine Mansfield--to the downright spooky--as in the forced lunacy of the imprisoned heroine in "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This audio collection is perfect for listeners' brief journeys. A.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
Harriet Walter has a breathy, often whispery voice that is sometimes appropriate and sometimes too young for a particular narrator or character. But she has an excellent dramatic sense that strengthens the pathos of tales like Ladies in Lavender by William J. Locke or the subtle sarcasm of charmers like Marriage à la Mode by Katherine Mansfield. Some stories seem dated, e.g., Elizabeth Gaskels Right at Last, and some timeless, like Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper. Overall, Walter provides listeners a pleasant few hours with a few good and a few very good storytellers. Listeners will look forward to additional volumes. (Sept.)
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