Getting Over Tom

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 1995 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Welcome to the delightful array of smart and sassy women who valiantly -- and hilariously -- struggle with the eternal battle of the sexes in this gutsy collection of stories.

Child brides, misguided newlyweds, and lusty middle-aged grandmothers are just a few of the characters Abigail Thomas brings to life in these wise and witty stories about women of all ages trying to deal with love for men, with their families, and with their own lot in life. Thomas presents interesting heroines: there's the girl in "Sisters" who hates her younger sibling for (among other things) her precise memory. In "Seeing Things," Maude, who "wants to be tan the whole year round," and whose "great ambition is to be whistled at on the street," is told by her younger sister, "You look ridiculous smoking with the chicken pox." And then there are the four stories about Buddy and Virginia, who have to drop out of school and get married after she gets pregnant. From sibling rivalry to marital strife, Thomas uncovers the pain, the poignancy, and the belief in love that lie in the hearts of her heroines.

 

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User Review  - Anne_Green - LibraryThing

Described as a collection of stories about women at various stages of their lives grappling with relationship problems (usually involving mothers or men), this had instant appeal for me. I liked the ... Read full review

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This collection introduces to fiction a 50ish newcomer who's previously written four children's books and worked as a literary agent. The experience shows. Divided into three neat sections, these ... Read full review

Contents

Sisters
3
Seeing Things
13
31
51
Just Married 1959
79
Man Wife
97
Babysitting
111
Buddys Best Work
121
Modern Love
137
A Tooth for Every Child
151
Love in the Present Tense
179
Getting Over Tom
189
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About the author (1995)

Abigail Thomas, a former literary agent, has published several children's books, and her stories and poems have appeared in The Nation, The Paris Review, and other magazines. She divides her time between New York City and Greenport, Long Island.

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