A Hasty Bunch: Short Stories
A Hasty Bunchwas published a half-苞entury ago in Paris in a limited edition by Contact Editions--and never re計rinted until now. The first story, "Backslider," chroni苞les Gert Northrup's fall from grace with ironic understanding. In "Sing the Baby to Sleep, Marietta," McAlmon's lyricism and sharpness of eye for the colors of the New Mexico desert create an almost unbearable tension in a story of two women in love with the same man. "Light Woven into Wavespray" displays McAlmon's youthful self-consciousness about a man's romantic yearnings. "A Boy's Discovery" is a moving example of the tough, poignant analysis of the young which is charac負eristic of McAlmon's work. "The Psychoanalyzed Girl" portrays a mem觔rable--and astonishingly modern-- young woman in Montparnasse. "A Family Business" is a delightful charac負erization of an ailing guest at the "Rest an Hour Kosher year-round hotel." And in "Abrupt Decision" a docile housewife is brought to a realization of the futility of all things. Students of McAlmon's work will welcome this republication of his al衫ost inaccessible collection of short stories. General readers of fiction and short stories unfamiliar with McAlmon until now will be astonished by the range and diversity of one of the most influential writers of the Paris renais貞ance of the 1920s.
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