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Women In Their Beds by Gina Berriault
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Oct 10, 2017 | ISBN 9781619029613

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Praise for Women in Their Beds

“In these thirty–five stories, one struggles to find a sentence that is anything less than jewel–box perfect.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Berriault’s] legacy involves both a piercing sense of observation and a recognition of the whims of fate… Berriault never loses sight of the power of imagination, which, even if only for a moment, can transform our lives.” —Los Angeles Times

“While it may seem a lot to ask of some short stories, Women in Their Beds could conceivably vindicate the art… Berriault writes real fiction… She deepens reality, complements it and affords us the bliss of knowing, for a moment, what we cannot know.” —The Nation

“Whether focusing on yuppies or drifters, social workers or Indian restaurateurs, heroin addicts or teenage baby–sitters, Berriault writes with great psychological acuity and a compassion that comes always from observation, never from sentimentality. Each story is constructed so gracefully that it’s easy to overlook how carefully crafted Berriault’s writing is. Her lilting, musical prose adds a sophisticated sheen to the truths she mines.” —Publishers Weekly

“Though her language is plain, the complexity of her knowing leads one into mysteries deeper than tears. To discover Berriault is to voyage into uncharted amazements.” —Jury for the 1997 Rea Award for the Short Story

“It may seem like overstatement to call Gina Berriault’s Women in Their Beds a masterpiece, but that’s what it is: An array of narratives that work individually and in conjunction with one another to offer a portrait of the artist as an original, astute in her observations and nuanced in her language and construction, writing according to no rules but her own . . . What Berriault is after is to work the tightrope of the particular, writing stories that take place between the lines . . . For Berriault, the most essential narratives are those that reflect the complexities of living, in which there is hope, yes, although it does not necessarily lead anywhere . . . Berriault makes the story less an instrument of action than of suspension, in which we are caught between what we have and what we will never have, between our obligations and our desires.” —David Ulin, Alta

“A wonderful storyteller and a beautiful writer.” —Grace Paley, PEN/Malamud Award recipient and author of Fidelity and Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

“Of writers whose work I know—my generation, anybody’s generation—Gina Berriault’s stories are nonpareil. Just simply wonderful. This book is so, so welcome.” —Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Let Me Be Frank With You

“Each of Gina Berriault’s stories contains a world, beautifully illumined by the light of the life within it. Her writing, line for line, is the most emotionally precise I know and her stories are among the wisest and most heartbreaking in American fiction.” —Robert Stone, author of Death of the Black–Haired Girl and Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Flag for Sunrise

“Gina Berriault is one of our best and most neglected writers. These stories are written with compassion and in beautiful prose, which alone is a pleasure.” —Andre Dubus, author of In the Bedroom

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