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PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Immergut, Debra Jo.

ISBN 10: 0394586247 / ISBN 13: 9780394586243
Published by NY: TURTLE BAY. 1992, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Debra Jo Immergut. About fine in a fine dj. (Hint of faint foxing at top & fore edges) Stories. (B); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 19590

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Title: PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Publisher: NY: TURTLE BAY. 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of short stories by a Michener Award-winning writer features the story of a self-destructive woman who gives in to the seduction of her father's friend and a sister who witnesses her brother's suicide. A first collection.

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A debut collection of ten stories, mostly about women who are lonely or bereft (though the best is about a man who hits his wife): first-person narratives that too often pull their punches and too much resemble, in mood or tone, other pieces by more accomplished writers (Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Munro, et al.). ``Tension,'' told from the point of view of a husband who one day loses control and pops his wife, is good on male midlife violence crisis-mentality. The conclusion is a bit forced but it works: The wife agrees to remain with the husband in return for having her ``eyes and chin done, my breasts lifted, and a tummy tuck.'' Later, pulling the surgical wrappings from her face, the husband is reconciled to his wife when he sees the ``mangled remnants of the face I've known best.'' Of the rest: ``The Number of My Heart'' is a long, rambling, if occasionally affecting, tale about a female Park Service Ranger and her affair with a co-worker whose wife is dying. ``The Skirt,'' about an ``assistant grants assessor in the Department of Education,'' is effectively haunted by the narrator's mother's death, and, likewise, in ``Frozen Niagara,'' the narrator is haunted by her brother's suicide. In ``River Road,'' yet another depressed young woman, who's tried ``Class 2 painkillers--Dilaudid, Percodan, Demerol'' and New York, returns home to be seduced by her doctor-father's friend, a man who sells drugs to physicians. Like others here, this one lyrically evokes a place and a mood at times, only to pull up short and let the big one get away. Immergut, even at her most successful, illuminates landscapes that have been seen already: her situations and characters tend to be more heartfelt than moving. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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