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.
Adams has a gift for fluid, unlabored prose. She distills life's ordinary triumphs and disappointments into smooth paragraphs that have more punch than their quiet tone seems to promise.
Santa Fe New Mexican
Highly crafted and witty.
The Oxford American
Adams is, like Colette, a consummate, sly, wise, quick-witted sketch artist....Her connections are made with every nerve bristlingly alive.
Des Moines Register
Enjoy these stories and then run out and pick up one of Alice Adams' longer works which you may not yet have had the good fortune to read.
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
The stories in The Last Lovely City present engaging, realistic and modern perspectives on mature relationships. Adams invites us into a fictional world remarkably untouched by our culture's obsessive concern with youth and the romantic struggles of twentysomethings.
Wonderfully evocative and absorbing.
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