Publishers Weekly, 1988-05-27 In this ``provocative'' collection of 14 stories, ``Wiggins seems able to change mood and locale, voice and narrative point of view, with dazzling skill,'' praised PW. Particularly noteworthy are tales that involve characters who speak in regional patois and idiosyncratic turns of phrase. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1987-06-05 As evidenced in this provocative collection of short stories, Wiggins seems able to change mood and locale, voice and narrative point of view, with dazzling skill. These 14 tales have a fine variety, but the best are those that involve characters who speak in regional patois and idiosyncratic turns of phrase. In ``Ridin' Up Front with Carl and Marl,'' a trio of Southerners encounters a hardbitten photographer from Massachusetts who tells them, ``You people have no sense of what life's really like''; but she's wrong. ``The Gentleman's Arms'' takes place in England, where would-be lovers united after 20 years encounter a monumental let-down, and at the end, a poignant moment of insight. ``Stonewall Jackson's Wife'' herself is the ghostly narrator of that story, which surges with sadness. The narrator's colloquial speech places ``Insomnia'' squarely in the `80s; her wry, bitter voice is oddly and immensely affecting. That same bitterness unmitigated by humor is not so successful in ``Quicksand'' and ``Pleasure''; and one tale, ``Among the Impressionists,'' is too quirky. But the title story, which ends the collection, embodies Wiggins's best skills: her ability to illuminate commonplace truths with a precise, clarifying vision. Wiggin's stories do not give up their secrets easily; but their subtle unfolding can cause chills along the reader's spine. (August 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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