Synopses & Reviews
Few writers interpret the depth and range of human experience as honestly as Alice Adams. A storyteller whose work "recall[s] such past masters as Flannery O'Connor and Katherine Mansfield" (Newsweek), Adams' stunning new set of short stories further charts the emotional minefield of companionship, sex, memory, and forgiveness. Presented in two parts, the collection moves from San Francisco to North Carolina to Mexico to Hawaii, delivering thirteen powerful stories that are sensitive, rich, amd wise, yet surprisingly unsentimental. The Last Lovely City
is a masterful exploration of the tattered remnants of passion, of innocence too cheaply bartered for experience, and of old lovers and old lives that never quite get left behind.
About the Author
was born in Virginia and educated at Radcliffe College. The author of ten highly praised novels, she has had her stories selected for twenty-two O. Henry Awards collections and several volumes of Best American Short Stories.
She has been the recipient of an Academy and Institute Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Among Ms. Adams' other novels are Superior Women,
a New York Times
bestseller, Caroline's Daughters, Almost Perfect, Second Chances,
and Medicine Men,
all published by Washington Square Press. She died in San Francisco in 1999.
Table of Contents
The Haunted Beach
Old Love Affairs
A Very Nice Dog
The Last Lovely City
The Drinking Club
The Wrong Mexico