The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction

By Elizabeth Spencer
Read by Hillary Huber

20.67 Hours 06/19/2009 unabridged
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Since 1944, when she published her first story, Elizabeth Spencer has been acclaimed as a writer of short fiction in the great tradition of Welty, Chopin, and Mansfield. The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction, her first collection in almost fifteen years, restores to print the author’s most masterful stories and novellas including The Light in the Piazza—and publishes more than ten new stories for the first time. This collection celebrates a six-decade career devoted to the art of the story and the novella—a literary event for the lover of short fiction.

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Summary

Summary

Since 1944, when she published her first story, Elizabeth Spencer has been acclaimed as a writer of short fiction in the great tradition of Welty, Chopin, and Mansfield. The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction, her first collection in almost fifteen years, restores to print the author’s most masterful stories and novellas including The Light in the Piazza—and publishes more than ten new stories for the first time. This collection celebrates a six-decade career devoted to the art of the story and the novella—a literary event for the lover of short fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Spencer’s world-view even in the shorter vignettes is broad, and her keen eye and ear for domestic detail will interest those with a penchant for John Cheever or Alice Munro. This career-spanning collection should firmly secure her place in the canon of American short story masters.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] Southern writer whose best fiction merits comparison with the work of Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Hillary Huber adeptly crafts new voices for each story, offering an aristocratic drawl one moment and a folksy twang the next. Characters burst to life in her evenly paced performance…Graceful prose and a velvet-voiced narrator make this collection noteworthy.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Spencer was born in Mississippi in 1921. Her first book, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948, but it was the publication of The Light in the Piazza in 1960 that brought her widespread acclaim, becoming a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a major motion picture. Her writing is distinguished by fine craftsmanship and intense plotting that reveals the essential nature of the characters. She is a five-time recipient of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 20.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English