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You're Standing in My Light: And Other Stories

Devine, Eleanore

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ISBN 10: 0807083224 / ISBN 13: 9780807083222
Published by Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Pink cloth spine over pink boards. Signed on ffep. Unread, as-new copy with dent to boards at bottom mid-panel, pub's remainder stamp to bottom edge. DJ also as-new with tiny hole at back panel fold, 'autographed' sticker to front. 126 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6850

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Title: You're Standing in My Light: And Other ...

Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Thirteen stories deal with a dying son, marriage, the woman's movement, a secret longing, travel, suburban life, aging parents, sisters, a widow's romance, and a transvestite's wife

From Publishers Weekly:

This uneven short story debut is wise and insightful when septuagenarian Devine sticks to what she evidently knows best--housewives or widows pondering their marriages and female heritage--but confused and hollow when she adopts the offbeat voice of a transvestite Vietnam veteran or a fatherless teenager born to a 1960s hippie. A recurring heroine in these 13 tales is the type of woman described as a "psychic vacuum cleaner" with a "pieta complex" who, after continuous self-sacrifice for husband, family and friends, ultimately decides to let no one stand in her light again. Unfortunately, Devine's observations about life in upper-middle-class suburban Chicago become predictable. The reader tires of meeting yet another closet feminist who gardens, cooks, reads the classics and has trouble with cars, or yet one more Ivy League-educated, emotionally needy man obsessed with martinis and war stories. Despite unsophisticated symbolism and heavy-handed imagery, Devine's choppy, stream-of-consciousness style is revealing when it mirrors the heroine's confused emotional stance, but is unjustifiably disjointed in the less believable stories.
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