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Sweet Talk Paperback – February 28, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
In this imaginative collection, Vaughn assumes the first-person voices of young women in varying circumstances and careers; unfaithfulness and motherhood are among their trials. "Most powerful are the stories about Gemma . . . in which Vaughn's clear-eyed, scalpel-sharp and affectionate observations of a distinctive childhood are delivered in graceful, honest prose," said PW.
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From Library Journal
Five of the ten stories in Vaughn's collection are memory stories of her family. Filled with ambient light, eloquent in content and execution, they are about Gemma, who tells us "I grew up in the army," and her officer father, who like Vaughn's was stationed with his family at various army posts in the United States and abroad. In these stories Vaughn counterpoints the innocence and egocentricity of childhood with the understanding of an adult looking backwards, finally grasping what was happening, finally understanding that though her father was a tall man who loomed large over her childhood he was a failure. Vaughn's family stories are interspersed with stories about a grown woman, presumably Gemma. These stories are very contemporary in their contemplation of the loss of love, of errors in judgment, of the randomness of life, but they lack the luminosity of the family stories.
- Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jonathan Tropper has sparkles of it in his novels.Miranda July has a few pieces like that; and I found it in a very early group of short stories by Philip Roth. Can you send me somewhere?
In the meantime, i do hope you will treat yourself to Sweet Talk and feel wowed by it.Maybe if enough of us read this book and form a critical mass, our combined will for her to write more will be heard by the Writing Muse and.......