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A combination of Jolley's two short story collections, Five Acre Virgin and The Travelling Entertainer, these stories focus on people overcoming or being overcome by life's challenges. They are wise, funny, and often perverse works by a unique author.

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In these 21 stories, prize-winning Australian author Jolley reveals to us the quiet lives of ordinary people at conflict with their environment, delinquent children, older relatives, marriage partners, and even squatters, as painfully aware of their failures as their dreams. Her characters range from single mothers to traveling salesmen, wood cutters, immigrants, and charwomen, all of whose lives overlap like patchwork quilting. The background to these stories is always Australia, but the conflicts are universal, and they are communicated to us with a sparseness of language that could be Chekov's, with the pleasing gentleness of a Barbara Pym. Ruth Moose, Pfeiffer Coll. Lib., Misenheimer,
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In the 11 stories of "Five Acre Virgin," the narrator describes growing up with her mother and older brother, a petty thief. The 10 entries in "The Travelling Entertainer" illuminate the plight of loners in big cities. "The author trusts readers to look beneath the surface for profound meanings in stories whose ambiguities and implications stir the imagination," wrote PW.
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