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Lone Pilgrim, The (Perennial Fiction Library) Paperback – January 1, 1900
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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Laurie Colwin writes about relationships with the kind of clarity we might wish we possessed in the midst of them, but instead of being a cold observer, she takes us straight into the hearts of the characters she portrays with simplicity and sympathy. The women are serious, funny, sensitive, and smart. The men are charming and utterly irresistible cads or rangy men with large, tender hearts. All are complicated, interesting, and vivid people who work as illustrators, professors, architects, ranchers; all are steady, happy, untroubled - until their lives are completely undone by their hearts. Laurie Colwin's gift is her ability to capture pivotal moments: a young woman crosses to adulthood when she's kissed unexpectedly by her friend's father; a woman realizes her lover now hates her for all the things he fell in love with her for; a girl discovers to her horror that she's fallen in love with exactly the boy her parents wanted her to fall in love with; the "lone pilgrim" of the title story yearns for the settled life of her married friends, only to find herself hesitating on the brink of her desired happiness. In Laurie Colwin's deft but gentle hands, we see the subtle twists of relationships and know what awaits these lovers long before they do. In spite of the falls and bruises of love, the reader comes away happy, feeling that love and life are messy, but ultimately satisfying. -- 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 Margaret Liddiard
About the Author
Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels: Happy All the Time; Family Happiness; Goodbye Without Leaving; Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object; and A Big Storm Knocked It Over; three collections of short stories: Passion and Affect, Another Marvelous Thing, and The Lone Pilgrim; and two collections of essays: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. She died in 1992.
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Colwin takes ordinary people and turns their stories into such interesting pieces. Her stories are all complete, and left me satisfied, the mark of a great short story writer.
I just cannot believe how much I loved every word in this book.
Note: if you already like Laurie Colwin, don't miss Lee Smith. Even though Colwin was a Philadelphian who moved to NY and Lee Smith's work is of and about the South, they both manage to be charming, funny and meaningful at the same time - no easy feat.