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HERSELF IN LOVE.

Wiggins, Marianne.

ISBN 10: 0670815527 / ISBN 13: 9780670815524
Published by VIKING. NY 1987, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition. SIGNED by Marianne Wiggins on the title page. Close to fine in a fine dj. (Trace of faint foxing at top edge) ; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 14182

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Title: HERSELF IN LOVE.

Publisher: VIKING. NY 1987

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Thirteen stories exploring life's highs and lows present a range of amazingly diverse voices and experiences from Dolores's discovery of unexpected wisdom in others to the story of love found by Herself

From Publishers Weekly:

As evidenced in this provocative collection of short stories, Wiggins seems able to change mood and locale, voice and narrative point of view, with dazzling skill. These 14 tales have a fine variety, but the best are those that involve characters who speak in regional patois and idiosyncratic turns of phrase. In "Ridin' Up Front with Carl and Marl," a trio of Southerners encounters a hardbitten photographer from Massachusetts who tells them, "You people have no sense of what life's really like"; but she's wrong. "The Gentleman's Arms" takes place in England, where would-be lovers united after 20 years encounter a monumental let-down, and at the end, a poignant moment of insight. "Stonewall Jackson's Wife" herself is the ghostly narrator of that story, which surges with sadness. The narrator's colloquial speech places "Insomnia" squarely in the '80s; her wry, bitter voice is oddly and immensely affecting. That same bitterness unmitigated by humor is not so successful in "Quicksand" and "Pleasure"; and one tale, "Among the Impressionists," is too quirky. But the title story, which ends the collection, embodies Wiggins's best skills: her ability to illuminate commonplace truths with a precise, clarifying vision. Wiggin's stories do not give up their secrets easily; but their subtle unfolding can cause chills along the reader's spine.
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