Famous for illuminating the hidden workings of human relationships, Alice Adams’s short stories appeared dozens of times in The New Yorker and were a mainstay of the O. Henry Award collections. From her capstone collection The Stories of Alice Adams, “Roses, Rhododendron” chronicles the power of a lifelong friendship.
When a young Jane Kilgore moves to North Carolina with her superstitious mother, she meets Harriet Farr and finds comfort and stability amongst her family. As Jane’s life takes her away from the South, she learns that her relationship with the Farrs shaped her childhood and life thereafter.
Alice Adams was a novelist and short story writer. Born in Virginia, she graduated from Radcliffe College. She was the recipient of an Academy and Institute Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and… More about Alice Adams
“Alice Adams has an inimitable ‘voice”— quick, deft, brilliantly evocative and specific. There is always something special about a story of hers, like a watercolor perfectly executed.” —Joyce Carol Oates
“No other writer in recent memory has called to mind quite so clearly the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.”—The Washington Post
“[A] master of the genre.” —Los Angeles Times
“Alice Adams turns dreams and moments, the stuff of memories, inside out and makes of them beautiful, haunting, bittersweet tales.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nobody writes better about falling in love than Alice Adams . . . How can one person know so much? —Beverly Lowry, New York Times Book Review