Daily Archives for: April 5th, 2015

The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley (1959)

From the original review of The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley in the Bridgeport Post Sun, April 1959:  A collection of short stories is relatively unusual as a literary debut, but in the case of Grace Paley the choice was by and large justified.

Virtually all of these ten stories center around love and they are written in a style that is an odd mixture of matter of factness, subdued sentimentality, and hyperbole. Love, the author seems to suggest most of the time, is really a pretty funny business, and the best way to approach it is to appear hardboiled, while hiding a smile up one’s emotional sleeve. Read More→

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Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith (1948)

From the original review in The Times of San Mateo, CA, August 1948: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has produced a shoot in Betty Smith’s second novel, Tomorrow Will Be Better. In fact, the Shannons and the Malones might be neighbors of those who peopled her first book.

It is a simple, authentic story of people’s stubborn pursuit of their dreams, their refusal to recognize a stern reality as anything but temporary. She writes with meticulous care and sympathetic skill of people faced with poverty a step above grinding, and clinging to hope a cut above pretensions. Read More→

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