A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: The Collected Stories (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Margaret Drabble is one of the major literary figures of her generation. In this collection of her complete short fiction from across four decades, she examines the intense private worlds and passions of everyday people.

From one man's honeymooning epiphany in 'Hassan's Tower' to the journeying fantasies of 'A Voyage to Cythera', and from the sharp joy of 'The Merry Widow' to the bloody reality of the collection's title story, these are moving, witty and provocative tales, exploring cruel and loving relationships, social change and personal obsessions, and confirming her status as a leading practitioner of the art of the short story.

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Brims with sharply observed life and the author's seemingly infinite sympathy for "ordinary women" (Joyce Carol Oates)

Drabble writes so penetratingly about the female condition that it is impossible not to laugh, wince and admire (Amanda Craig New Statesman)

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Perfectly turned works . . . A grand feat, and something to smile about. Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
Landmark. Vogue
Margaret Drabble s novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction, never before collected, has its own unique brilliance. In stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny she explores marriage, female friendships, the tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, and displays penetrating evocations of character and place, wide-ranging curiosity, and a sense of irony. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.
[These] glimmer with the irony, lyricism, moral vision, and amplitude we associate with Drabble s novels. New York Times Book Review
Woman in her essence: complicated, contradictory, and courageous . . . Magic that will stay with us. San Francisco Chronicle
MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of the novels The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle s Eye, among other books. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

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