Synopses & Reviews
Susan Minot's first novel, Monkeys
, was one of the most highly praised and successful books of 1986. It received front-page attention in the New York Times Book Review
and was a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate. It was published in twelve languages and won the 1987 Prix Femina Etranger in France for the most notable work published in translation.
Men and women from their teenage years to their early thirties are vividly portrayed in this collection of stories as they fall in love, live together, fight, break up. They inhabit a world where traditional values of marriage and family no longer exist. This group of young artists, journalists, lawyers, and actors living in New York City find it easier to decode the intricacies of the fast track than the more basic ones of the human heart.
"A sort of tenderness in the writing reminds me not a little of Raymond Carver at his best." Guardian (London)
"Susan Minot has a first-rate ear for what people say or don't say." New York Times Book Review
"For all the New York chic which surrounds them, the situations and dilemmas of Susan Minot's women could hardly be more classical. The women know they are going to lose and several of them try to guard themselves against attachment, to stay free, but their hearts are not in it. They know there is not much they can do about it, once a look, a touch, a night out changes everything. It's a bleak situation, but talking about it doesn't appear to help, and writing about it doesn't either, beyond a certain point, soon reached. The terseness of these laconic tales has its own telling decorum." London Review of Books
"Susan Minot's prose is a rarity in this windy age. It is clean, shapely, with the directness and precision of a child's letter." Penelope Gilliatt
A collection of "acrid little love-hate tales" told in a terse style by the author of "Folly" and "Monkeys".
About the Author
Susan Minot was born in Boston in 1956 and now lives in New York City. Monkeys, her first novel, was published in 1986, for which she won the prestigious French award the Prix Femina Etranger. In 1989 she published a collection of short stories, Lust & Other Stories, and in 1992 her second novel, Folly.