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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564745279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564745279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About ten years ago I sent Nancy Packer a letter thanking her for “Jealous-Hearted Me,” which had touched me deeply as it mirrored my own relationship with my mother, who at the time was a lively 85-year-old.

Last week I was at the library and from their mini-kiosk featuring short story collections I picked up “Old Ladies.” It touched a number of nerves. My formerly feisty mother has become faint-voiced and frail, unable to walk unassisted the distance between her house and mine just next door. She spent a week in hospital and five weeks in rehab after breaking her hip, so I recognized both the sad inhabitants of the hospital waiting room in "Regulars" and the denizens of the Triple–R retirement home which with its established routines and cliquesappears in several stories.

This was a painful book. Packer draws a detailed portrait of the end of life, when health and certainty and romance and friends are all turning to ghosts. These are cautionary tales, but we must all go into the forest sooner or later, though we know there are monsters.
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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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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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