From Library Journal
This anthology combines the author's Tale for the Mirror, Extreme Magic, Saratoga, Hot, The Man Who Spat Silver, The Railway Police, and The Last Trolley Ride. As a bonus, this edition also contains the unpublished work Women Men Don't Talk About. A great bargain for the price.
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From Kirkus Reviews
During a very lengthy career (she published her first book in 1951), Calisher has produced a number of novels, several story collections, and a significant number of novellas. Seven have been assembled for this volume (including the previously unpublished ``Women Men Don't Talk About''), and they demonstrate how deftly Calisher has made use of the form, which she describes as being ``not merely a shorter novel, of less wordage than commonly,'' but a more focused version of the novel, ``tenaciously complete.'' The tales gathered here demonstrate many of Calisher's virtues as a writer: her ability to capture odd, disturbing characters (Dr. Bhatta, in ``Tale for the Mirror''); her sensitive and often quite original exploration of the struggle of modern women for an independent identity (``The Railway Police''); her bemused exploration of the half-submerged American ideas of class (``Extreme Magic''); and her rather harsh but convincing portraits of marriage (``Saratoga, Hot''). Varied, precise work by a writer deserving more attention. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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