After You've Gone by Alice Adams

By Alice Adams

A variety of brief tales explores the influence and adjustment of people facing separation and the lack of fans, spouses, mom and dad, and friends.

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Adams's new selection of 14 brief tales indicates the various strengths and weaknesses of prior efforts (i.e., go back journeys , LJ 8/85). That she is a superb wordsmith able to insightful touch upon the thrill and sorrows of human relationships, there's no doubt. She can also be adept at analyzing the effect of reminiscence on our lives. In those tales, it's the reminiscence of someone--and, in a number of instances, "somecat," now absent--that stimulates the chain of occasions. Taken separately, the tales may be very evocative, but if regarded as an entire, the characters appear all "of a type" and studying turns into progressively more tedious. definitely, the voice of the introspective, clever, upper-middle-class lady merits to be heard, but when Adams desires her message to arrive a much wider viewers, she must extend her imaginative and prescient, to supply the reader a bit extra distinction. For public and bigger educational libraries.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

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It kills your people when they use the forest paths. It kills your people in the farms. It even sneaks into your graveyards and takes the heads of your dead. You are full of fear and panic. " And that was winter, coming from her dry, stained lips. " Horley asked, his heart fast now from hope not fear. "Ah yes, I know it," Hasghat said, nodding. "I know the Third Bear, Theeber, Seether. " The spear moved in Horley's hand and it would have driven itself deep into the woman's chest if Horley had let it.

A stream flowed down it and puddled at his feet. The stream was red and carried with it gristle and bits of marrow. It smelled like black pudding frying. The blood mixed with the deep green of the moss and turned it purple. Horley watched the blood ripple at the edges of his boots for a moment, and then he slowly walked up the hill. He'd been carelessly loud for a long time as he walked through the leaves. About this time, Rebecca would be more than halfway through the woods, he knew. In the cave, surrounded by all that Clem had seen and more, Horley disturbed Theeber at his work.

Not for sure. " He had a sudden vision from months ahead, of winter, of ice gravelly with frozen blood. It made him shudder. " another farmer asked. " Horley understood the problem; he had been one of those farmers, once. The village had a wall of thick logs surrounding it, to a height of ten feet. No real defense against an army, but more than enough to keep the wolves out. Beyond that perimeter lived the farmers and the hunters and the outcasts who could not work among others. "You may have to pretend it is a time of war and live in the village and go out with a guard," Horley said.

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