- Series: First Series: Short Fiction
- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: Mid-List Press (April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0922811687
- ISBN-13: 978-0922811687
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Woman Who Never Cooked (First Series: Short Fiction) Paperback – April, 2006
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The American adult woman is featured in this debut collection of stories about love, adultery, marriage, passion, death, and family. There is a subtle humor here, and an innate wisdom about everyday life as women find solace in cooking, work, and chores. Tabor reveals the thoughts of her working professional women who stream into Washington, D.C., from the outer suburbs, the men they date or marry, and the attractive if harried commuters they meet. One woman fantasizes about the burglar who escaped with her deceased mother's jewelry. In another story, the protagonist uncovers her husband's secret: his pocket mirror and concealer do not belong, as she had feared, to a mistress but rather are items he uses to hide his growing bald spot. Revealed here are the hidden layers of lives that seem predictable but never are. Reading Tabor's wry tales, one has the sense of entering the private lives of the women you see everyday on your way to work. Emily Cook
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"She did not know what she deserved or what was just. She knew only that she would make the pie, that it would be hard to make and that it would be her favorite."
As well as being as good a metaphor as you could get of keeping going and keeping hoping, these words just about sum up the sum of the ingredients that make The Woman Who Never Cooked a unique and ultimately heart-lifting collection.
These are interlocking stories about family and love that go to the heart of life and living. Interlocking because characters in one story suddenly appear in another. Trouble with Kitchens, for example, had me scurrying back to Proof, the first and in many ways the most disturbing of the whole collection. And the cinematic qualities in these and the rest of the stories reflect Tabor’s familiarity with and expertise in the study of what is best in “the flicks”.
These eleven short stories managed to play havoc with my carefully acquired cynicism and made me see some of my friends in a different way, gave me more understanding, tolerance, even insight.
Tabor shows courage in her chosen themes. We are human, after all, and sexual desire can coexist with a state of deep mourning. Two well-bred, well-behaved sisters pose as hookers, even as one is dying, yet each has secrets from the other...A wife may long keep to herself words she knows should be spoken out loud to her husband. Perhaps these inconsistencies in us will never be resolved, but Tabor crafts stories of wit, compassion, and grace. Her characters' examined moments, rendered in tight, lovely prose, reveal much about our significance. These deeply personal stories, like intimately whispered secrets, can make us feel less alone.