A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
Complete Short Stories

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While the earlier stories are tauter and more depersonalised, full of glinting detail, the later ones have a more sweeping, open quality.
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Margaret Drabble’s novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of irony—all are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by the Spanish academic José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

 

About Margaret Drabble

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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.
 
Published May 18, 2011 by Mariner Books. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Natasha Tripney on Apr 13 2013

While the earlier stories are tauter and more depersonalised, full of glinting detail, the later ones have a more sweeping, open quality.

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