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A Glimpse of Scarlet: And Other Stories Hardcover – May, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

The privileged, polished world of the WASP upper-middle class serves as the backdrop for Robinson's ( Summer Light ) finely crafted and subtly powerful short stories. Behind the refined facade of her protagonists' lives, there exist intricate family machinery and delicate emotions. Ranging in their characterizations from a suburban mother who worries about stifling her daughter to a publishing executive who assesses the damage of a disorienting affair, to a man who must finally confront the pain of his distant father's second marriage, many of the 12 stories here are about dysfunctional families, with problems that are far from rare in American society. Concentrating on insignificant, everyday moments, Robinson exposes the gossamer threads that link families in a world of casual plenty. She shows a special understanding of the suffering and, sometimes, joy that goes into generating a new family dynamic after divorce. Many characters face personal crisis when a key relationship--filial, marital or within a friendship--enters a state of flux; and they experience revelation. Robinson's prose is as lucid and assured as her characters' socially correct demeanors, but its undercurrent of emotional urgency is what engages the reader. She is clearly a writer to be watched.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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These stories of upper-middle-class family life concern relationships between men and women, mistrust and infidelities, broken families, and stepparents and stepchildren. With characteristic delicacy and empathy, Robinson probes the terrible emotional constrictions her characters suffer in such stories as "Handicapped," "The Time for Kissing," and "Tears Before Bedtime." Other stories trace the complexities of friendship and forgiveness and the devotion and resignation of old age. In the title story, a suspicious wife makes much of her husband's casual lunch date, recalling her own affair and that of a couple seen by chance on the street--in "a moment of widening freedom, possibility" implied merely by "a glimpse of scarlet" in the woman's scarf or sleeve. Robinson's stories have been published in The New Yorker , Atlantic , and Southern Review . She is also the author of the novel Summer Light ( LJ 6/1/88) and Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life ( LJ 9/15/89). A touchingly intimate, human collection.
-Mary Soete, San Diego P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060163313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060163310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,783,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, three story collections, and the biography of Georgia O'Keeffe. Four of these were New York Times Notable Books.
Robinson was born in Kentucky, but grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She attended Bennington College and graduated from the University of Michigan. She worked in the art world, specializing in the field of American painting, before she began writing full-time. Her most recent novel, Sparta, won the James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction from the USMC Heritage Foundation. Her previous novel, Cost, received the Fiction Award from the Maine Publishers and Writers Association. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper's, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the NBCC Balakian Award for Criticism and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches at Hunter College, is a former member of the board of PEN, and is currently the President of the Authors Guild.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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How could they allow this book to go out of print? I found the stories paint the world my family lives in accurately. Ms. Robinson shows keen observation of the WASP world, with all its hangups and repression, and yet her characters are sympathetic to various degrees. Try the wonderful story, Handicapped, which I still remember like good advice. Or Tears Before Bedtime, where your sympathy for the characters shifts as the story proceeds, and at the end you see both sides.
Go to the library or look among the out of print books (Amazon found me her other great book of short stories, Asking for Love). These stories are better than most of the anthologized Best of 19-- stories I read and I don't understand Robinson's relative obscurity.
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