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Ways to Spend the Night #2020

Ways to Spend the Night Clare and her oldest friend from college had been planning this visit for the past three months But only yesterday her arms full of towels and pillows Clare realized that it was too soon for her hus

  • Title: Ways to Spend the Night
  • Author: Pamela Painter
  • ISBN: 9781938126352
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ways to Spend the Night By Pamela Painter, Clare and her oldest friend from college had been planning this visit for the past three months But only yesterday, her arms full of towels and pillows, Clare realized that it was too soon for her husband s study to become a guest room First she needed to talk through her anguish and anger at finding him there, slumped over his desk beside the empty vials of pills, findiClare and her oldest friend from college had been planning this visit for the past three months But only yesterday, her arms full of towels and pillows, Clare realized that it was too soon for her husband s study to become a guest room First she needed to talk through her anguish and anger at finding him there, slumped over his desk beside the empty vials of pills, finding his folded note that said Clare A widower finds his stolen car and begins a relationship with the thief a woman whose sisters levy accusations against their dying father wonders why he chose them, not her a divorcing couple celebrates a final beach weekend with their closest friends.In fifteen stories of loss and recovery, including two Pushcart Prize winners, Pamela Painter cements her status as a master of the contemporary story.Pamela Painter is the author of three story collections, Wouldn t You Like to Know, Getting to Know the Weather, which won the GLCA Award for First Fiction, and The Long and Short of It She is the co author of What If Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper s, Kenyon Review, Mid American Review, Ploughshares, Quick Fiction, and in numerous anthologies, such as Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward and MicroFiction She has won three Pushcart Prizes and Agni Review s John Cheever Award for Fiction Painter lives in Boston and teaches in the writing, literature and publishing program at Emerson College.

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    1. I ve read most of Painter s work, and I think this is my favorite collection Painter has mastered the form of the short story, but than that, she s mastered the brief story peek into the human heart Her prose is liquid and effortless, her dialog spot on, and her characters accessible and quirky This collection seems to center around the death of things marriage, people, ideals but there is also her trademark humor And her ability to frame a story perfectly Hard to pick favorites, but Grief, in [...]

    2. Great stories by an accomplished writer Death is the theme in many and sometimes the bitterness threatened to overwhelm, the protagonists are often angry at, for example, the deceased s suicide or the way they were treated by an ex lover There is illness, abuse, infidelity and quiet despair Poignancy is defeated by disgust or resentment However humour mitigates in the best of these I thought there were at least two masterpieces Invention Needs Design and the title piece The latter, although agai [...]

    3. Pamela Painter has devoted four decades to refining her mastery of the short story form, and this book displays her skill as a keen observer of human relationships Each of these stories portrays the interconnected lives of men and women, husbands and wives, parents and their adult offspring, and nearly all of them deal with death in the recent or distant past These relationships are messy, uncomfortable, full of deep love and almost always pain, just as in real life Each character fights a const [...]

    4. Really wonderful writing After vowing to dole out these stories to myself, one at a time, like rich and coveted treats, I devoured the book in one swift, fantastic, glorious feast Fortunately, they can be enjoyed again and again The stories are full of troubled relationships, losses, longings, and sometimes recoveries I know as much about these characters as I do some of my friends My favorites stories here were Reading in His Wake, Grief which had me holding my breath through the whole thing , [...]

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