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The Woman Who Never Cooked (First Series: Short Fiction) Paperback – April, 2006
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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.
This time I've been struck by how cinematic some of the stories are, with characters appearing in color or black and white. The story "the Burglar" called to mind Hitchcock's MARNIE in which Sean Connery is sexually attracted to Tippi Hedren, partly because she is a habitual thief. Overtones of TO CATCH A THIEF too. In "Trouble with Kitchens," a character named Eliot from an earlier story reappears and provides a new perspective on the same events previously seen through the eyes of another character. Pure Tarantino!
These stories could make for a fascinating film. Woody Allen, Barry Levinson, Jim Jarmusche: read this book!
Raymond K. Connolly, Washington, D.C. USA
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an avid reader of short stories and I was very pleased to have bought this collection by Mary Tabor. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Emilio
Every time I move, I've had to let go of some of my books. I'm down to one shelf now! But The Woman Who Never Cooked will always move with me, no matter where I go. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Jennifer C.
This very smart collection of stories is also deeply moving. In the tradition of Virginia Wolff, the drama of The Woman Who Never Cooked is in the concentrated power of seemingly... Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by Helen W. Mallon
This collection of "fiction" is infused with strong memoir quality. As memoir, it's gripping: an interior view of current relationships layered on family background that provides... Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by Daniel C. Schuman
The life and love of the Chekhovian short story live with this writer's work. Each sentence is a delight--some of her sentences are puzzling and demand rereading. Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by H. Sebring
One evening recently at Politics and Prose, the best bookstore in DC, I was looking for short stories. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by George Carver
Mary L. Tabor's new collection is a must-read for anyone who enjoys crisply written, thematically rich short stories. Read morePublished on July 12, 2007 by JFred