Synopses & Reviews
This dazzling collection of shorter fiction describes a series of self-awakenings -- a suburban divorcee deciding among lovers, a celebrity drawn into his cousin's life of crime, a father remembering bygone Chicago, an artist, and an academic awaiting extradition for some unnamed offense.
"Bellow's themes, his characters, even his descriptions have always been eloquent defenses of expansion and extended length, so that one comes to these five stories with curiosity and reservation. Unsurprisingly, the best story is the longest story; it is the best story because, as always, Bellow depends on analysis and implication to build his characters, and both of these methods demand the gradual development he long ago mastered. And the other stories are simply surprises. Depending on technique and panache, they showcase Bellow's craftmanship and for that reason alone are indispensable." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
Table of Contents
Him with his foot in his mouth -- What kind of a day did you have? -- Zetland -- A silver dish -- Cousins.