Getting Over Tom: Stories

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Readers will recognize the author of these delicious stories as a fellow foot soldier from the battle of the sexes. Abigail Thomas seems to know everything there is to know about women who always fall for the wrong man. Her characters range from child brides (who are also child mothers) to middle-aged grandmothers (who indulge in cradle-robbing flings). They say things like: "I thought he had noticed me and I knew it was one of my better days, because a woman standing next to me whispered, 'You don't have a stitch on under that dress, do you?" and: "'I miss you, ' he says, turning around, and his voice is soft and low and full of places to lie down." These stories, about open-hearted, unsuspecting women of all ages, are so knowing, so effortlessly funny, so poignant, that it's clear from the very first page we're in the hands of a writer who has spent her adult life becoming a hands-on expert at Loving Too Much. Thomas, who started writing fiction at fifty, says she spent her twenties and thirties, "very caught up in what people, especially men, thought about me, defined by who loved me at that moment." Abigail Thomas's first book of stories proves she has got the goods on both the "Loving" and the "Loved." That she also has the keenest sense of both the sublime and the ridiculous sides of romance is what makes Getting Over Tom so enchanting. And if the title leads you to think of Dick and Harry also, well...

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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


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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


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About the author (1994)

Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas "(The Lives of a Cell)", is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. She is the author of six previous books, including the memoir "A Three Dog Life", which was named one of the best books of 2006 by the "Los Angeles Times" and The""Washington Post". When Thomas can't write, she paints. She teaches writing and lives in Woodstock, New York, with her four dogs.

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