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by Gina Berriault

eBook Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories ePub
Author: Gina Berriault
Language: English
ISBN: 1887178384
ISBN13: 978-1887178389
Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (May 1, 1997)
Pages: 342
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 254
Formats: mbr mobi lrf azw
ePub file: 1674 kb
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Gina Berriault has been publishing short stories and novels for more than 30 years. With Women in Their Beds, however, Berriault seems finally to be receiving the recognition she's always deserved.

Gina Berriault has been publishing short stories and novels for more than 30 years. For most of this time, she's suffered the mixed blessing of being a "writer's writer"-somebody with a fanatic following within the literary community and near invisibility outside of it. The book-a greatest hits collection that includes nine new stories-has already won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Rea Foundation Prize.

Women in Their Beds book. Gina Berriault is one of America's most accomplished masters of short fiction. Her stories astonish - not only in their range of character and incident, but in their worldliness, their swift and surprising turns, their penetration into palpable love and grief and hope.

Women in their beds - Who is it can tell me who I am? - A dream of fair women - Soul and money - The island of Ven - Lives .

Women in their beds - Who is it can tell me who I am? - A dream of fair women - Soul and money - The island of Ven - Lives of the saints - Stolen. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Women in Their Beds is full of light. Published by Thriftbooks

Women in Their Beds is full of light. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 20 years ago. I don't understand why some other readers find this book depressing - it seems to me full of light and life. Gina Berriault creates characters I found identifiable from real life in San Francisco - characters corresponding to people that most tourists ignore, avoid or categorize as "local color" - and grants the reader a brief insight into their lives, hopes and fears. These stories do not all have happy endings. The stories are superbly written and unapologetic in their frankness. I recommend it highly.

Berriault had a prolific writing career, which included stories, novels and screenplays. Her writing tended to focus on life in and around San Francisco. In 1997 Berriault was chosen as winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story, for outstanding achievement in that genre.

Her collection Women in Their Beds, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the National Books Critics . Gina Berriault -Gina BerriaultGina Berriault was one of the great.

Her collection Women in Their Beds, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the National Books Critics Prize in fiction and the Rea Prize for lifetime achievement. She has few equals in the history of the American short story. Short stories and some short novels are close to poetry-with the fewest words they capture the essence of a situation, of a human being. It's like trying to pin down the eternal moment. Gina BerriaultGina Berriault was one of the great, rare masters of short fiction. With commendable restraint and economy, she delivered stories that contain entire worlds inhabited by a range of characters thrown into all kinds of unsettling predicaments.

Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories. For four decades Gina Berriault has been writing short stories praised for their elegance, compassion, range, and psychological intelligence.

Here you can find a short story that deals with the way women are viewed by others, the expectations others have of. .One day she goes to town to trade eggs for some supplies. Women in their Beds Gina Berriault.

Here you can find a short story that deals with the way women are viewed by others, the expectations others have of them, how they balance their responsibilities, how they try to lead fulfilling lives, and what their options are in some cases. Angela Anson, an aspiring actress, works in a hospital telling elderly and infirm women where they will be sent next. She feels the women in her ward represent all women in a way, and isn’t sure if she can keep the job.

This remarkable collection received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, a gold medal from the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
Ustamya
Gina Berriault brings wit, compassion, bittersweetness, and edgy insight to a broad spectrum of character studies. Any fan of short fiction ought to be reading her.
Whitehammer
Wonderful,humane stories but all similar.
Lightseeker
This book of short stories won a recent National
Book Critics Circle Award.

It has everything you'd expect in an award winner:
fully-realized characters, quiet, rhythmic prose and well-measured observation.

Unfortunately, the book finally sinks under the
weight of the unrelenting despair and
hopelessness that permeates each story. This
has the unfortunate effect of dulling each
story's individual impact, obscuring the
excellent prose and well-drawn characters
with the same recurring set of dysfunctional
relationships, lost hopes, and quasi-tragic
situations.

In one of the cheerier stories, a key character
just plain lies down and dies, and in several
of the other stories, many characters seem
only minutes away from duplicating that act.

More effective (and defensible) in a single story,
or in a novel, this depressing cluster of
negative emotions and unfortunate
circumstances loses potency when carried over
from story to story, regardless of the
writer's skill.
Syleazahad
There are some extremely fine stories in this collection, many of them happily exhumed from the lovely vault where they have been slumbering since going out of print."The Stone Boy", for example, buys us a ticket into the mind and heart of a boy who has killed his own brother; readers cannot soon forget the sizzling words used to convey his feelings. "The Diary of K.W." places the indigent heart of a desperate woman squarely beneath the lens of the Berriault microscope; there is a brilliance to this examination which few writers attain. And "The Infinite Passion of Expectation" takes flight in a mere few pages, a dumbfounding literary portrayal of what it can mean to hold out for love. All styles are uneven, however, and this collection is not spared that fact. "Felis Catus", though charming, is little more than a cozy cat story purring in front of the fire. "The Search for J. Kruper", though swiftly-moving and engaging, would seem to be an ultimately pointless tale told with words of wonder. Berriault's dialog jewels seldom glitter, and her narrative style can be daunting as a coast-to-coast trek. If she were a planet, her atmosphere would be in places quite dense--but glittering worlds lie below, just under the cloud cover of occasional verbal heaviness. May the success of this collection encourage its author to send us even more that stuns; in the line-up of San Francisco phenomena, she's as breathtaking as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tenius
Gina Berriault is fantastically gifted writer. She writes with enormous subtlety and understatement BUT... it is true that due to the density and the "melancholy" and "malaise" present in many of her stories it's possible to O.D. if the reader doesn't come up for air. This is not to say that this book is not a "MUST OWN" particularly for anyone who would like to know more about people living in the Bay Area, and Cali, the Pacific Northwest. It is also a "must own" for writers and I suspect that if you don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed with your own expectations but go with the vision the writer has given you, you may come away with a bit of a different view of the world than you started with before trying this book of shorts, (great also that one can choose, hmm what would I like to read today?) expected.
Drenched in Reality. Recommended.
Alien
How do I want to begin this? It seems the majority of the complaints leveled against this wonderful collection of short stories centers around the 'lack of plot'. Now, while not wishing to do a disservice to plot, which has its place and uses and wonderments, I do not think it is the reason to read a book. (Usually I am more eloquent than this, but there is this ghoulish little boy screaming in my ear and the taste of death has been in my mouth for the past 4 days, so I am a bit out-of-sorts, so please forgive me) Everyone says that the book is beautifully written... THEN THAT IS THE REASON FOR READING IT!! Great writing is what makes literature, and it contains plot, character, emotions, joy, everything a reader needs within itself. If you can't see all of these in this book, then you haven't quite learned how to read, and aren't completely aware of the power of language. This collection is astonishing in its depth and breadth of writing, and Berriault's breathtaking prose drives each story, giving it wings to soar above other books which focus on plot, or offer the reader some trite 'meaning of life' or answer to one of life's questions. Berriault is a writer who is above such absolutes and doesn't subscribe the the 'how-to' theory of fiction. I will promote this collection until the day I die, and hopefully afterwards as well.
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