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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Persephone Books (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903155347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903155349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Torres on August 10, 2012
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I first ran into the work of this author while reading an anthology by Angela Carter titled Wayward Girls and Wicked Women. The story was Violet, a brief tale of how a family copes and finally deals with a new maid who is also a witch, and who has taken a hand in their lives. I was so impressed with "Violet" that I knew I must read the other stories by Ms. Towers, who only wrote this one slim collection. It is too bad she did not write more, or that she did not write novels, or she would have been the kind of writer whose stories are read in schools and universities around the world.

All the stories in this book display Ms. Towers' literary mastery in many ways. Towers is very adept at quick and subtle characterization, using an economy that is in itself a revelation. Read this passage here from "Don Juan and the Lily" and see how deftly she delineates a character.

"Miss Dellow did not reply, but a smile lurked behind her mysterious expression like the one on the face of the Mona Lisa. She lowered her heavy eyelids and went on manipulating with extraordinary rapidity the squares of pasteboard on her desk. She had a look as if she knew things that made it not worth while to reply...strange things."

All the stories make use of female, domestic settings, something which brought to mind other English writers who were also limited in their range of setting like Jane Austen herself, and M.R. James, whose collected works I've just read. But to someone with the talent and imagination of Miss Towers, this is not a major obstacle. She is able to transcend and transform this limitation with stories that are fresh and real, and wise.
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