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The Becker Wives

The Becker Wives

11.95

by Mary Lavin

Comprised of four short stories – ‘The Becker Wives’, ‘The Joy Ride’, ‘A Happy Death’ and ‘Magenta’ – this collection is one of Lavin’s most celebrated.

B-Format, Paperback | 288pp | ISBN: 9781848406940 | Release Date: August 2018

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Comprised of four short stories – ‘The Becker Wives’, ‘The Joy Ride’, ‘A Happy Death’ and ‘Magenta’ – this collection is one of Lavin’s most celebrated. Together, these stories capture the frustrations and grace of characters struggling to free themselves in places that are often hostile to their desires: a new bride coming home to her husband’s prim family, two butlers taking a rare opportunity to go out drinking, a woman pleading with her dying husband to repent, and a young housekeeper whose fortunes seem to have suddenly changed. For the first time in decades, and with a foreword by Christine Dwyer Hickey, the Modern Irish Classics series brings this vital collection to a new generation of readers

Reviews

Mary Lavin is one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century, and the editions by New Island are both a fitting tribute to a splendid artist, and a reminder to a new generation of how good her work is.
— John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winner
One of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century.
— Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize-winner
Mary Lavin’s stories have always given me a feeling of wonder and security – security because of the way the view keeps opening up, with such ease and authority, and wonder because she is, after all, so intrepid, so original and astonishing.
— Alice Munro, Nobel Prize-winner