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Plain Pleasures

Jane Bowles

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Short stories

'Readers who've not yet read Jane Bowles are almost to be envied, like people who've still to read Austen or Mansfield or Woolf' ALI SMITH - seven short stories by the author of Two Serious Ladies

'The most important writer of prose fiction in modern American letters' Tennessee Williams
'A modern legend' Truman Capote
'Bowles is a master of the unforgettable phrase that no one else could have written' William S. Burroughs
'A dizzyingly original stylist' New York Times

Alva, a widow, states a preference for plain ordinary pleasures - only to get drunk and flirtatious, and pass out in a strange bed when she is asked out for the evening.

Sadie, a spinster, goes to a holiday resort complete with pine groves, marshmallows and respectable clientele - to bring her nervous sister home, but instead comes to an eerie end herself.

Mary, a little girl, spends her days in a clay pit leading an imaginary army of hard-muscled men. But hen a strange boy invades her headquarters, Mary abandons her soldiers to follow him home.

Disturbing, unforgettable, totally unique - Jane Bowles' short stories explore the hidden lives of women that only appear ordinary.

With an introduction by Chris Power

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Praise for Plain Pleasures

  • Readers who've not yet read Jane Bowles are almost to be envied, like people who've still to read Austen or Mansfield or Woolf, and have all the delight, the literary satisfaction, the shock of classic originality, the revelation of such good writing, still to come. - Ali Smith

  • One of the finest modern writers of fiction in any language. - John Ashberry

  • A thoroughly original mind - a mind at once profoundly witty, genuinely unusual in its apprehensions, and bracingly, humanely true. - Claire Messud

  • A modern legend ... A very funny writer ... with at [her] heart the subtlest comprehension of eccentricity and human apartness. - Truman Capote

  • The most important writer of prose fiction in modern American letters

  • A dizzyingly original stylist

  • - Tennessee Williams

  • - William S. Burroughs

  • Deserves to sit next to Mansfield, Rhys and Woolf - Chris Power

  • - New York Times

  • Bowles is a master of the unforgettable phrase that no one else could have written

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