I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly: And Other Stories
When Mary Ladd Gavell died in 1967, at the age of forty-seven, she had never been published. But her story “The Rotifer” was fortuitously discovered by John Updike, who called it a “gem” and included it in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. With the publication of I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly, Mary Ladd Gavell takes her rightful place among the best writers of her—and our—time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cariola - LibraryThing
If you prefer your short stories to be rip-roarin', sexed up, or fantastic, you probably won't appreciate this collection. Gavell's stories are, for the most part, gentle slice-of-life tales of ... Read full review
I CANNOT TELL A LIE, EXACTLY: and Other StoriesUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
From Gavell (1919-67), 16 mostly rural stories, many set in the south of Texas where she was born.Kaye Gibbons calls Gavell's work "magnificent," places it in the "ageless, classic grand era" of the ... Read full review