The men and women in these spare, Kafkaesque stories are engaged in struggles that are no less brutal because they are fought by proxy. In Graham Swift's taut prose, these quiet combative relationships--between a mismatched couple; an aging doctor and his hypochondriacal patient; a teenage refugee swept up in the conflict between an oppressively sentimental father and his rebellious son--become a microcosm for all human cruelty and need. "Swift proves throughout this ambitious collection that he is a master of his language and the construction of provocative situations."--Houston Chronicle
Swift's collection of tales about lovers at odds with each other exhibits strong characterizations but lacks the revelatory moments we expect from short fiction. Swift's new novel Ever After , forthcoming from Knopf in March, was reviewed in Fiction Forecasts (Jan. 20). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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March 03, 1992
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