These fourteen short stories, written over the past ten years but never before collected, deal with the struggles between mothers and their wayward daughters, the often preposterous bonds that tie men and women together, and the complex games masters and servants play with one another. In spare, elegant prose, Freed delivers surprise after surprise as she shakes the truth from life. Whether it's her portrayal of a mother mired in senile dementia in "Ma," a young girl experiencing her first sexual encounter with an itinerant knife-sharpener in "Under the House," or a young woman incapable of loving conventionally in "An Error of Desire," Freed portrays the absurdity, the delusions, the dramas, and the dignity of her characters' lives.
- Under the House
- Foreign Student
- The Widow's Daughter
- Family of Shadows
- An Error of Desire
- Liars, Cheats, and Cowards
- The Curse of the Appropriate Man
- The Mirror
- Selina Comes to the City
- The First Rule of Happiness
- Ma: A Memoir
Original title: The Curse of the Appropriate Man
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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