Discovering Eve by Jane Candia Coleman
Short Stories

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This collection of stories by award-winning write Jane Candia Coleman is about women coming of age. In each one, the protagonist discovers facets, truths about herself and the world that she has not known — finds places in herself where she has never been. “It’s long past time for women to explain themselves in fiction,” Coleman writes, “particularly literary fiction, to write about the world and their own emotions with that sensuality that characterizes women writers — to write from the inside out, and not vice versa.

“Living is a voyage of discovery, and I hope that the readers of these stories will identify with them and, perhaps, take courage from the actions of the characters I have had the pleasure of bringing to life.

“In no way did I mean to slight men in this collection. Rather, I hoped to elucidate the relationships between men and women (good and bad relationships) and the possible ways of continuing or ending such relationships.

“I have long admired D. H. Lawrence for the fact that he brought literature out of the Victorian Age, but I have also been frustrated by his inability to understand women. Several of these stories, particularly ‘Wives and Lovers’ and ‘La Signora Julia,’ were written as rebuttals to what I perceived as Lawrence’s innocence.

“The symbolism in ‘Wives and Lovers’ was unintentional, but it is there — the heart of the flower/the heart, mind, body of the female protagonist. So perhaps the most important point is that in Discovering Eve I have tried to elucidate what it is that a woman feels, and how, and why, from my own depths and from the depths of my characters who are struggling for wisdom, strength, the courage to survive.”
 

About Jane Candia Coleman

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Coleman is an award-winning poet, novelist, and short fiction writer. She majored in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh and, in 1981, became the Director of the Women's Creative Writing Center at Carlow College in Pittsburgh.
 
Published May 15, 1993 by Swallow Press. 122 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In ``The Lover of Swamps,'' a poet--married to a naturalist but in love with someone else--develops ``an affinity with the swamp.'' In ``Glasnost,'' a woman of 40 comes to see how she's ``lived more than half [her] life as a robot.'' The third section, ``Wives and Lovers,'' begins with the delica...

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.'' Coleman is at her best when describing the sensuality of nature, from ponds ``where goldfish quivered like streaks of sunlight'' to fields of poppies ``that fluttered and swayed and nodded their crimson heads as we passed.'' Such poetic touches redeem this collection from the limbo of introsp...

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