Chilly scenes of winter

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Doubleday, 1976 - Fiction - 280 pages
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User Review  - mikedraper - LibraryThing

A group of friends get together and discuss their life, their missed goals and opportunities and the things that have gone on in their lives. There is family problems with attempted suicide, stays in ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Up the down mood elevator mostly with Charles, a self-styled "mess" who fantasizes and cultivates his "spiritual trouble" although he's got some genuine wretchedness to contribute to it. Mostly his ... Read full review


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About the author (1976)

Ann Beattie was born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. in 1969 from American University, and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1970. Beattie began her writing career when she was just twenty-five, with the short story A Platonic Relationship, published in The New Yorker. Regular contributions to the magazine resulted in her first collection of short stories, Distortions, published in 1976. Her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, was also published that year. Later works include Park City, Another You, and Where You'll Find Me. Beattie produces novels, short story collections, and poetry about the lives of her white, middle-class contemporaries, written in a realistic, unemotional style that records the details and subtle nuances of everyday life and behavior. Her work was honored with a Guggenheim fellowship in 1978 and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980. She has homes in Maine and Key West, Florida.

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