Good Women: Three Novellas

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 232 pages
Jane Stevenson enchanted readers with her first collection of novellas, Several Deceptions, which the New York Times lauded as an "elegant, surprising collection that delights with its verve and intelligence." With Good Women, she returns to the form that secured her reputation as a compelling and diabolically clever prose stylist. In this trio of audacious stories with a common theme, she investigates just what it means for a woman to be good. From a widow keen on gardening who becomes radicalized late in life, to a housewife on a murderous mission from God, to an adulterous couple who leave their spouses and begin a new life together, only to find that they cannot stand each other, these novellas ably demonstrate why The New Yorker extolled Stevenson as a "meticulous fabulist." In stories reminiscent of Roald Dahl's, Stevenson treats the notion of feminine virtue in her singular, emblematic style with sexy, subversive results, deliciously detailing what happens when good girls go bad. Jane Stevenson was born in London and brought up in London, Beijing, and Bonn. She teaches literature and history at the University of Aberdeen. She is the author of Several Deceptions, a collection of four novellas; a novel, London Bridges; and the acclaimed historical trilogy made up of the novels The Winter Queen, The Shadow King, and The Empress of the Last Days. Stevenson lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
 

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British novelist Stevenson (The Empress of the Last Days, 2004, etc.) returns to the novella form of her first book.Three short fictions make up this new work, each focused on the shortcomings of its ... Read full review

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This ironically titled collection of novellas by British author Stevenson (Several Deceptions ) contains stories about women who defy society's expectation that they be "good women." In the first ... Read full review

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Contents

Light My Fire
1
Walking with Angels
79
Garden Guerrillas
155
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Jane Stevenson was born in 1959 in London & brought up in London, Beijing, & Bonn. She teaches comparative literature & translation studies at the University of Warwick & lives with her husband in Warwickshire, England. Her novel, "London Bridges," will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2001.

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