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HELL-BENT MEN AND THEIR CITIES.

Dodd, Susan.

ISBN 10: 0670826065 / ISBN 13: 9780670826063
Published by VIKING. NY 1990, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED & dated in year of publication by the author to another writer referred to as "Louise" (Erdrich?) on the title page. Near fine in a like dj. (Faint spot of damping at rear cover) Author's FOURTH book. Stories.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 10980

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Title: HELL-BENT MEN AND THEIR CITIES.

Publisher: VIKING. NY 1990

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A selection of short stories captures the lives of men and women in search of fulfillment, a place to call their own, and their own identities

From Publishers Weekly:

When Dodd ( Old Wives' Tales ; Mamaw ) is on target, her short stories plumb the depth of familial relations, grapple with the complexities of art and of love, and soar, in the end, into epiphany; but when she misses, her stories plod along and end with a whimper or dull thud. The problem with some of the 15 stories here seems to be one of authority; details just don't seem right and metaphors clunk. Dodd shows a real fondness for old people, whom she endows with beauty, vitality and sexuality, but when she assumes the point of view of an elderly Jewish man, a Talmudic scholar, credibility is strained. At her best, however, Dodd writes with elegance and compassion. In "The Great Man Writes a Love Story," a famous writer "grows magnanimous and witty with Courvoisier" and researches love with his young Ph.D. assistant; an elderly widower bakes popovers for the woman next door when her son dies in "I'm Right Over There"; two women who've never met eerily take on each other's characteristics, tormenting the man they're both in love with in "Isometropia." Despite its lapses, the collection is well worth reading, the best of its stories affecting and memorable.
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