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From Publishers Weekly

A debut collection of short stories about women of all ages and their relationships with men, families and themselves.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Thomas's stories are about women and how they relate to men. A variety of women-young, old, weak, strong, happy, and sad-figure vividly in scenarios that focus on the men, or lack of men, in their lives. Like some relationships, Thomas's stories seesaw between poignancy and slapstick. Her style is fresh and clean, and she captures the adolescent hormonal battle, the accidental pregnancy, the May-December romance, and the casual encounter with wit and humor. Her knowing voice will strike a chord of recognition in most women, and who knows what insights male readers might uncover. Recommended for general audiences.
Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684813475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684813479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She's lived most of her life on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication. Her first three books "Getting Over Tom," "An Actual Life," and "Herb's Pajamas" were works of fiction. Her memoir, "A Three Dog Life," was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. It won the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life. She is also author of "Safekeeping," a memoir, and "Thinking About Memoir." Her new book "What Comes Next and How to Like It" will be published by Scribner on March 24, 2014.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read about this book in a magazine when it was published. I liked the catchy title so I went out and bought it. When I got it home I immediately began reading the book and couldn't put it down. The book reveals emotions that I could relate to which kept me reading more. I have re-read this book three times and have encouraged my friends to also read it. Once you start the book, you can't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago, and probably finished it in 1 day. It was so funny and wonderful. Her short stories are so well written. The first one is especially hilarious, and brought back "fond" memories of Italian treats from my childhood... an enjoyable, warm book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By michigan jean on March 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really, really liked this book. Is it great literature? No, but it's one heck of a fast read and hard to put down. As a rule, I'm not crazy about the short story category but I found this one addicting. I found myself wishing I could meet some of the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on November 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Abigal Thomas' GETTING OVER TOM is truely a delightful read. Full of short stories that are sure to make you smile, this book is a real winner when it comes to portraying life's many sides. Including everything from remembering your first kiss, your best friend from school, dealing with tough times, and even middle age, there is sure to be a story in there somewhere that will leave you touched. Thomas' writing style is like no others with her unique and quirky look on the world, making this book worth the while, and leaving you wanting more.
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