By Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble's novels have illuminated the prior fifty years, specially the altering lives of girls, like no others. but her brief fiction has its personal detailed brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of personality and position, her wide-ranging interest, her experience of irony—all are on demonstrate right here, in tales that discover marriage, woman friendships, the English vacationer in another country, amorous affairs with homes, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural television courses; in tales which are perceptive, sharp, and humorous. An creation by means of the Spanish educational José Fernández areas the tales within the context of her lifestyles and her novels. This assortment is a superb recapitulation of a masterly profession.
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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories by Margaret Drabble