Moon Over Minneapolis by Fay Weldon

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A vibrant collection of stories about women making life-altering decisions, by the bestselling author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
In this superlative anthology, Fay Weldon introduces readers to a cast of mothers, children, wives, and lovers—all of them unforgettable, timeless female characters. In “Subject to Diary,” a successful forty-ish career woman sits in an abortion clinic pondering motherhood. In “The Year of the Green Pudding,” a woman who seems to doom everyone and everything she touches vows never to fall in love again. And an analyst’s office is the setting for a series of stories that feature four female patients—including a murderer—who lay bare their souls.  Featuring locales that range from Sarajevo to Copenhagen to a hospital for the criminally insane, Moon Over Minneapolis is a major collection from an author whose sardonic wit and razor-edge humor reveal her own humanity and hope for the human race.

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Fay Weldon was born in Worcester, England, where her father was a physician and her mother a writer. She was educated at the University of St. Andrews, from which she received her M.A. in 1954. Six years later, she married Ronald Weldon. Weldon worked as a propaganda writer for the British Foreign Office and then as an advertising copywriter for various firms in London before making writing a full-time career. Since the mid-1960's she has written novels, short stories, and radio and television plays. The central subject of all Weldon's writing is the experience of women, especially their relationships with men. According to Weldon, "Women must ask themselves: What is it that will give me fulfillment? That's the serious question I'm attempting to answer." Despite her concern with women, Weldon has been criticized by some feminist groups for apparently presenting fictional women with very limited options. Weldon's style is marked by a careful attention to detail, vivid images, a sharp wit, and a wry sense of humor. Although most of her male characters are disagreeable, they are not the true villains of her novels. Her villains are, in fact, the traditional roles that men and women play. Weldon looks at women in many different circumstances - at work, at home, at play, in politics, and especially in love - and shows not only how they are manipulated by men, but also how they allow themselves to be manipulated. Recently, Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1983) has been made into a popular movie. It was formerly a successful television miniseries.
Published April 16, 2013 by Open Road Media. 230 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even when Weldon turns her attention to an undeniably sympathetic type, like Ruby, the struggling single mom in ``In Search of Mother Christmas,'' it's with a glint in her eye, since Ruby gets tangled up for life in her own maternal instincts.

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``If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens,'' begins the first story in this collection by the author of The Cloning of Joanna May .

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By now, after 18 books of fiction (and several plays, works of non-fiction and collections of children's stories), British author Fay Weldon's themes are pretty clear: women, their relationships with each other, with men, and with a basically sexist world.

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