Wicked Women: A Collection of Short Stories

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Flamingo, 1995 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Brilliant stories from the hyper-real world of Weldonia. Brilliant stories from the hyper-real world of Weldonia, where self-deception rules; where a bully can believe he's a victim; a blackmailer see herself as a healer; and an artist's slave be sure she's free. Travel in space and time: meet Miss Jacobs, the silent psychoanalyst, who receives the confessions of saints and sinners; discover the heart of a nuclear scientist, forcibly retired, who does his hopeless best to resist the wiles of a self-seeking, talking, beautiful New Age journalist in fact all human life is here, and still in amazingly good heart, considering.

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User Review  - Ricardo Lopes Moura - Goodreads

It's a short stories compilation and the first is clearly the most enjoyable and is true to the title. The rest is just a bitchy and desilusioned woman writing about married men who take on lovers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Siel Ju - Goodreads

My favorite story was "Wasted Lives." Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Fay Weldon was born in Worcester, England, where her father was a physician and her mother a writer. She was educated at the University of St. Andrews, from which she received her M.A. in 1954. Six years later, she married Ronald Weldon. Weldon worked as a propaganda writer for the British Foreign Office and then as an advertising copywriter for various firms in London before making writing a full-time career. Since the mid-1960's she has written novels, short stories, and radio and television plays. The central subject of all Weldon's writing is the experience of women, especially their relationships with men. According to Weldon, "Women must ask themselves: What is it that will give me fulfillment? That's the serious question I'm attempting to answer." Despite her concern with women, Weldon has been criticized by some feminist groups for apparently presenting fictional women with very limited options. Weldon's style is marked by a careful attention to detail, vivid images, a sharp wit, and a wry sense of humor. Although most of her male characters are disagreeable, they are not the true villains of her novels. Her villains are, in fact, the traditional roles that men and women play. Weldon looks at women in many different circumstances - at work, at home, at play, in politics, and especially in love - and shows not only how they are manipulated by men, but also how they allow themselves to be manipulated. Recently, Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1983) has been made into a popular movie. It was formerly a successful television miniseries.

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