Item description for No Thanks: And Other Stories (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Sarah Jane Smith...
"Sarah Jane Smith's brilliant and meticulous novel-in-stories is actually a cousin to sprawling family sagas like Gone With the Wind. Her central figure is not a person (although there are unforgettable characters here) but a disputed family property. The lake house in No Thanks and other stories is the remnant of the maternal dowry, an ugly, beloved manse whose upkeep and threatened loss drive the mother, Valerie, to suicide. Smith's portrait of Valerie is savage, funny, poignant and finally mysterious: Was it the monster of a house, the marriage gone absurdly bad, or the bitter curdling of her old hunger for beauty and delight that killed Valerie? Her children, especially Clara, ponder the question fitfully and chase on after their own hungers. Like Valerie before her, Clara loves animals: Valerie took them in, nursed and indulged them; Clara dotes on them and finally does them harm. Sarah Smith manages, in her rendering of Valerie and Clara in their southwest Michigan landscape, to combine almost miraculously the skewed perceptions of women on the brink of madness with apprehensions of teeming nature that make one gasp with their freshness, clarity and accuracy. Sarah Jane Smith sees the Michigan inland lake country as no one else has seen it: in her stories its bogs and coves, meadows and banks are as exotic, as tremulously lush and imperiled as Mathiessen's viny Amazon." --Jaimy Gordon
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher New Issues Poetry Press
ISBN 1930974108 ISBN13 9781930974104
Availability 0 units.
More About Sarah Jane Smith
Smith attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied English, the oboe and the English horn. Sarah received her Ph.D. in English with Creative Dissertation from The University of Illinois, Chicago.