Sunday lunch with the Brownings and Other Stories Penelope Mortimer

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Sunday lunch with the Brownings and Other Stories  by  Penelope Mortimer

Sunday lunch with the Brownings and Other Stories by Penelope Mortimer
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Many of these short stories appeared originally in the New Yorker, and it may well be a proof (while not a limitation) of their staying power that if they were read there initially-they will certainly be remembered. Penelope Mortimer, while dealingMoreMany of these short stories appeared originally in the New Yorker, and it may well be a proof (while not a limitation) of their staying power that if they were read there initially-they will certainly be remembered.

Penelope Mortimer, while dealing with very ordinary people and commonplace situations, has an unfailingly true touch, and these stories of husbands and wives, parents and children range in emotional caliber from times of mutual exasperation, fretfulness and regret to acute individual torment. Among the former, the disconsolate domestic vistas of people who are very close- and very far apart- the title story, Second Honeymoon, What a Lovely Surprise, The King of Kissingdom can all be loosely aligned. Tougher, and more terrible, are her stories in which children are the casualties- the story of a girls exclusion in a second marriage- The White Rabbit, and The Renegade in which a free-thinking Vicar demonstrates the cowardice of his convictions at the expense of his runaway daughter.

Not to omit the despair of The Parson and his lifelong search for a belief he could not satisfy- or the expensive vindication of I Told You So- and- and- and..... All of them, while smarting to savage in their effects, are also compassionate and tender and sometimes marvelously funny- and they should find a responsive audience, perhaps largely among women, as well as the critical admiration they have already occasioned.- Kirkus



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