Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories (Hardback)
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Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 11/11/2021
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Bringing together tales from the 1960s and 70s with brand new work from the redoubtable nonagenarian writer, these warm, witty and compassion stories of womanhood are a consistent delight.

Another day! And then another and another and another. It seemed as if it would all go on forever in that exquisitely boring and beautiful way. But of course it wouldn't; everyone knows that.

In this collection, Hilma Wolitzer invites us inside the private world of domestic bliss, seen mostly through the lens of Paulie and Howard's gloriously ordinary marriage.

From hasty weddings to meddlesome neighbours, ex-wives who just won't leave, to sleepless nights spent worrying about unanswered chainmail, Wolitzer captures the tensions, contradictions and unexpected detours of daily life with wit, candour and an acutely observant eye.

Including stories first published in magazines in the 1960s and 1970s - alongside new writing from Wolitzer, now in her nineties - Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket reintroduces a beloved writer to be embraced by a new generation of readers.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526638717
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 205 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Immensely gratifying, poignant, funny ... Breathtaking' - Elizabeth Strout (from the foreword)

'Wit, wisdom and warmth form the foundation of this sparkling collection. Wolitzer is a natural-born storyteller whose rigour, attention and generosity create miracles on each and every page' - Tayari Jones

'Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket is electric: with wit, with rage, with grief, with the kind of prose that makes you both laugh and thrill to the darker, spikier emotions just barely visible under the bright surface. What a wonderful collection of stories' - Lauren Groff

'A fascinating time capsule of womanhood, marriage and motherhood over the last century ... a fabulous book' - Emma Straub

'Hilma Wolitzer sees the miraculous, and the tragic, in modest lives and domestic particulars - wonders that might pass as ordinary events to the untrained eye. She magnifies the world. She insists, in one gorgeous sentence after another, that there's no such thing as a usual hour, let alone a usual day' - Michael Cunningham

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“An absolute delight.”

Hilma Wolitzer once told an interviewer “I don’t believe there is such a thing as an ordinary life. I think all life is extraordinary.” This beautifully sums up this collection of stories from the 1960s and 1970s. She... More

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“LOVED IT!!”

This was a Christmas Gift in 2021, I had never heard of this author before so I had no idea what to except... but a foreword by Elizabeth Strout and reviews on the back by Tayari Jones and Lauren Groff secured this to... More

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“Sparkling stories of New York life”

Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for ARC of this delightful collection of short stories, accompanied by a charming introduction by Elizabeth Strout.

This is a sparkling, brittle collection of linked... More

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