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Later the Same Day Hardcover – April 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T); First Edition edition (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374184097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374184094
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the 17 short stories collected here, Paley writes with verbal economy and resonance, pithy insights, and warmth and humor. The themes are familiar: friendship, commitment, responsibility, love, political idealism and activism, children, the nuclear shadow. PW greatly enjoyed these tales, stating: " 'Somewhere for me perfection is flowering,' says a character in one of these stories. Many readers will find perfection flowering here."
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Later The Same Day combines Grace Paley's talent for innovative short stories with her unwavering commitment to feminist peace activism. Her characters are heroic in ordinary ways - they talk, laugh, and think about the things that matter to them. They live normal, everyday lives yet remain awake and focused in their concern about the future, emanating wisdom, humor, disappointment, hope, and fear. These stories center upon an appropriately named character, Faith, who tells and listens to the stories of friends, neighbors, lovers, and strangers struggling to find hope and meaning in their sometimes shattered lives. As the story titles suggest, Faith's endless confidence in her friends and in the ordinary powers of "Listening" and in becoming a "Story Hearer" pave the way for radical transformation. In "Zagrowsky Tells," Faith runs into the old Jewish pharmacist whose drug store she and her friends once picketed because he refused to sell to black patrons. Now, years later, she listens to how the ordinary act of learning to love his half black, half-Jewish grandson has taught him to unlearn his racism. Throughout the collection, neighbors learn to listen to each other, husbands and lovers learn to hear women, women who are longtime friends and political allies validate each others lives, and strangers tell stories that need to be heard. For Grace Paley, these important ties of love, faith, and language are what create community. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Suzanne Sowinska --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have a friend who is so well read that she refuses to discuss books with anyone else for fear they may "contaminate" her.
Although I think that I have great taste in the printed word, I seldom mention anything I have read to her for fear she will think me common.
When I read this book, I called her up and told her she must read it immediately.
I have read a book a day or so since I was six. I am now a women of a certain age. About once every three years, I read the first page of a book and feel lightening strike my brain. That happened with "Later the Same Day".
I now read and read again every book by Grace Paley, seeing my life in the lives of women who were wives/daughters/mothers/lovers/writers 50 years ago. (Is it that long?)
The difficulties of combining motherhood, marriage, extended family, creative fullfillment, community activism and friendship are explored in painful detail in these stories, and ring true to the lives of all the women I know in the year 2000.
Give this book to women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, and ask them when it was written, and they will all say "this year".
Give a copy to all your literate friends, both male and female, and keep a copy in your own headboard or bedside table, for those lonely nights when you want to know you are not alone in the struggle to be a complete person.
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By PATH12 on November 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Overall ,I enjoyed reading this book because I made many connections to it. While I was reading it, I was thinking in my mind how similar this book is to my life. Not only this book made a connection to my life but also to the world we are in today. The way it connects is by the political situations we were facing. Now that we have a new president, which is African American indeed, we are all looking forward to a better future and a better economy situation. I recommend this book to everyone to read because people might have some sort of connection to this book. This book can be challenging at times, but we should know that not everything in lfe is going to be easy.
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3 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
The stories collected in the volume "Later the same day" are written in clear, somewhat old-fashioned prose. I liked some of them more than others, although, I have to admit, I could not connect with the author's way of thinking, something hard to catch was missing. The stories I especially liked are those which have a strong point: "Zagrowsky Tells", a story of the Jewish pharmacist who explains why his grandson is black, delving into interracial relations; "Listening", centered on the problem of having a baby in middle-age and second marriage, how this affect the relationship and how the discussion about this can be initiated; many of the shortest, two-paged miniatures are excellent. In some of the other stories the meaning was a little too diluted to my taste.

Faith Darwin, who appears in many of the stories as a character, and can be imagined to be the narrator of the others, is an alter ego of author (an obvious parallel between their names), making the stories semi-autobiographical. The stories take place in one New York City neighborhood and reflect the problems of a group of friends and neighbors there - their family lives, travels, opinions are the main themes in each of the stories, which seem like short flashes, pictures from days in real life.

These are pieces of good, well-constructed and thought-over writing, the prose is lucid and precise, but the collection felt to me oddly like 1980's (with strong Woody Allen echoes, but this is not a comedy, despite delicate irony sounding here and there, these stories are serious). The political activism and social discussions are a bit obsolete.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By meeah on April 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ten seconds, that's all you've got. Ten seconds before I go online and tweet everyone I know that I just heard the craziest thing ever in my entire thirty-two years of life. Jilly pretended to look at the watch she wasn't wearing.

You don't even have a Twitter account.

I'll open one special. Don't change the subject. The countdown has started. Seven-six-five.

What's so crazy anyway? You once broke up with a guy because of his name.

Jilly put her arm down. Well, Roland is an impossible name. I simply couldn't go through life saying Good morning, Roland. She made a face. Besides, he wasn't the perfect man.

Who said Jake was the perfect man?

You did. Last week. Ah, Jake. Now there's a name a girl can wake up to.

I did not say he was the perfect man.

Well, words to that effect.

I still don't understand what you find so crazy.

Breaking up with a guy just because of a little literary squabble over Grace Paley.

It wasn't a literary squabble. It was a defining of positions.

Still. To end a relationship with Mr. Right over a feminist writer dead for a decade.

He wasn't Mr. Right.

You said yourself he was.

Then I was wrong.

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We were sitting in the park that Grace Paley routinely used as settings in her short stories. Jilly was eating a big pretzel bought from one of the oppressed proletarian vendors working the lunchtime crowd. I was not. I'd already had my full of pretzels. It was the same park where I'd had it out with Jake only the day before.

***

That day, as it happens, I was eating a big pretzel. Me, and the pigeons. I was sharing.

Don't encourage them, Jake said.
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