A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: The Collected Stories - Margaret DrabbleLondon: Penguin Books, 2011, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
3rd impression, first edition 2011.
From the cover: “The novelist, critic and biographer Margaret Drabble is one of the major literary figures of her generation. This collection reveals her brilliance in the art of the short story, presenting her complete short fiction for the first time in a single volume.
In this collection spanning nearly four decades, love affairs, conflicts-and chance encounters are played out in locations that range from Somerset and Dorset to Elba and Turkmenistan. In The Gifts of War peace-protesting students clash with a mother buying a toy for her son, with tragic consequences. An Englishman on honeymoon has a brief but significant epiphany, finding a shared humanity with a Moroccan crowd in Hassan’s Tower. And in A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman a successful TV presenter due to give a speech at a school hides a painful secret. The stories’ protagonists are men and women, husbands and lovers, television presenters and housewives, all subtly captured with wit and acuity.
These perceptive and finely crafted stories reveal both the pace of social change and the unchanging nature of human frailties and desires.”