Friday, June 23, 2017

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories / Penelope Lively, 197 pp.

I love Penelope Lively; I haven't read all of her books yet and don't plan to immediately.  It's like keeping chocolate in the freezer - I'm comforted to know they are still there, waiting for me to enjoy.  But this newest, a short story collection, I couldn't resist, and if these were less intense than previous material, that is still perfectly fine.

I liked "Lorna and Tom," a downright spooky story, and "The Third Wife," which is both chilling and comical.  Bad marriages, dysfunctional relationships, humor and decency.  Good stuff as always.

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