Ordinary Life: Stories (Paperback)
In this superb collection of short stories, Elizabeth Berg takes us into remarkable moments in the lives of women, when memories and events come together to create a sense of coherence, understanding, and change. In Ordinary Life, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, shutting out her husband and the realities of their life together and, no, she isn t contemplating a divorce. She just needs some time to think, to take stock of her life, and to arrive, finally, at a surprising conclusion.
In White Dwarf and Martin's Letter to Nan, the secrets of a marriage are revealed with the sensitivity and brilliant insights about the human condition ("Detroit Free Press") that have become a trademark of Berg's writing. "The Charlotte Observer" has said, Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer. Those qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in "Ordinary Life.
About the Author
Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House, an Oprah s Book Club selection, Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, Tapestry of Fortunes, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, The Year of Pleasures, and Dream When You re Feeling Blue. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. Berg has been honored by the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.
“Immediate, moment-to-moment storytelling that unfolds with the naturalism and authenticity of real life.” —The Boston Globe
“An extraordinary short story collection that deserves our closest attention.” —Detroit Free Press
“Elizabeth Berg’s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.” —The Boston Globe
“Berg’s...deftly drawn pictures of ordinary life can help remind us of its oft-unheeded charms.” —Los Angeles Times