Fernández, José Francisco, ed. and intod. Margaret Drabble: A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman. The Collected Stories. London: Penguin Classics, 2011.
Margaret Drabble’s novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of irony—all are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels.
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