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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564745279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564745279
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Huddleston Packer is Professor Emeritus of English and former Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Her stories have been published in many literary magazines, and she is the author of four earlier collections of stories: Small Moments (1976), In My Father's House (1988), The Women Who Walk (1989), and Jealous-Hearted Me (1997)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lydia on August 10, 2012
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I expected to identify with these old ladies--to be entertained and supported, but I was disappointed. Only one of the stories came close. At 74 I'm somewhere between practicing for old-ladyhood and being slammed into it. Maybe I should just shut up, and roll gracefully with whatever I'm dealt. I can borrow from their attitudes, if not their behaviors.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 20, 2012
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"Night Noises." Widow Louise begins renting out a room to men (Edward and then Leo) and finally a woman (Ingrid) as a means of companionship, but none match Ross.

"Her Men." Her grandson Jackie hits on Katherine to fund his latest "Big Chance". She has doubts as she lives off her money, but reflects back years ago to her twentyish son Jay and his then teenage girlfriend pregnant Gail before deciding whether to be the Iron Duchess or the doting grandma.

"Charade." Planning to sell the house with its bitter reminders of what was, Helen hires Eddie to fix it up while she reflects back to when she and Lamar were together before he left her. However, her flirting has both men upset.

"Two's Company." Rosa the short muscular immigrant cleaning lady and her employer Virginia the six foot slim with roots going back to colonial times decide to fire one another though each needs the other.

"A Woman and His Dog." Before going to the hospital where he died, Martin asked Lydia to take care of Ozzie. As they walk each day in different directions, Ozzie introduces Lydia to the neighbors.

"Bridge." At Ridgeside Retirement Residence, Norman the widower replaces the recently deceased Angela as the fourth at bridge with Millie, Jean and Charlotte though they ridicule him for stinking at the game.

These well-written eleven stories showcase the diversity of Old Ladies as each protagonist differs from one another as do their circumstances. Each of the stars learns you can teach an old dog new tricks when they discover something new about themselves.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulla on September 5, 2012
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I cannot say that I liked the book. Bein an old lady myself I could not even identify with the characters. The book left me somewhat depressed.
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By Susan on December 12, 2012
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This is a book that I will reread from time to time. It was exactly what I was looking for. The very clever but subtle insinuations about the realities we must face made me not want it to end. The ending of each story is abrupt, sometimes leaving you hanging, just like life.
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