- Title: Drinking with the Cook
- Author: Laura Furman
- ISBN: 9780970152527
- Page: 166
- Format: Hardcover
In her first collection in than a decade, acclaimed short story writer Laura Furman displays the maturation of talent, theme and content that her widely praised early work foretold.Furman is a writer of nuance and marvelous subtlety, acutely observant of the minute detail that forms the texture of reality whether in the natural world or in the arena of personal relatiIn her first collection in than a decade, acclaimed short story writer Laura Furman displays the maturation of talent, theme and content that her widely praised early work foretold.Furman is a writer of nuance and marvelous subtlety, acutely observant of the minute detail that forms the texture of reality whether in the natural world or in the arena of personal relationships.Furman s specialty is buried emotion And always there are knives hidden beneath the small comforts of the domestic life she describes so well.In the title story, a woman who s taken early retirement moves to her lover s home in the country, oblivious to the ways in which this disturbs the balance of their relationship In Wonderful Gesture, a houseguest s gratitude hides for awhile even from herself the depths of her hostility.Several of these thirteen rich and complex stories explore how it feels to look in with longing at what appear to be the desirable lives of sisters or friends But other stories expand outward, revealing an appreciation of the compromises by which most of us survive into middle life or beyond In Melville s House, a dying man recalls a life of duty and responsibility and then does the final unexpected thing In The Woods a surprising experience causes an older mother concern about how the choices she and her husband make affect the well being of her son.Many of the stories involve a woman s relationship to children or siblings Often, a couple or woman is childless, with complex emotional results In others, there are babies In Buddy, the relationship between two sisters is altered abruptly when one becomes pregnant In Beautiful Baby, an unmarried mother risks everything by participating in a contest where there will be no winners.And throughout, there is the sudden shock of self revelation.Invoking the magic of vivid observation, Furman makes us realize that everything we think of as human is expressed in the dangerous world of domestic life.About the Author Laura Furman is the distinguished author of a memoir, Ordinary Paradise two novels, Tuxedo Park and The Shadow Line two short story collections, The Glass House and Watch Time Fly She is co editor, with Elinore Standard, of Bookworms Great Writers and Readers Celebrate Reading Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, House Garden, GQ, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Glamor and others She was the founding editor of American Short Fiction, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship She has received the Jesse H Jones Award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters She and her husband, Joel Warren Barna, and their son make their home in Austin, Texas.
Recent Comments "Drinking with the Cook"
I Love furman’s title, ‘drinking with the cook’ and that connotation is infused into much of the story collection ranging over lots of parts of usa and Europe and beyond. There are spies, householders, and yes, cooks. This is 1st furman ive seen or read, but she has more ss’s and novels too. this title is from an “obscure” publisher: winedale publishing, though has a ‘misprint’ of windale ( would never make it in the “real” library world, ha) and perhaps publisher is long go [...]
This is written by my first college creative writing teacher at UT. Very good so far, and I can hear her voice explaining why these stories work in my head.Good enough book, but I got busy with school and it came up due at the library. Will return to it another day I suppose
There are occasional gems here -- phrases I wish I'd come up with -- but this is the most depressing thing I've read in a long time, maybe ever.
Short stories dripping with isolation and loneliness like the morning dew. Don't read if depressed. Or maybe read it and realize how many ways we have to isolate ourselves.
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