Starting Over

      Elizabeth Spencer

Starting Over

Winner of 2013 Rea Award for short fiction

"A rare and true master" (Richard Ford), the celebrated author of The Light in the Piazza returns with these spellbinding stories.Since her remarkable debut in 1948, Elizabeth Spencer has transfixed readers with her uncanny ability to portray how "twisted, chafing, inescapable, and life-supporting" (Alice Munro) the ties are that bind families and marriages. Here, with nine new stories, Spencer maps "the murky territory between our obligations and our desires" (David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times), revealing the deep emotional fault lines and unseen fractures that lie just beneath the veneer of normal family life. Compared to Cheever and Hawthorne, Spencer affirms her stature as one of the outstanding living writers of the American South.

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    Landscapes of the Heart

      Elizabeth Spencer

Landscapes of the Heart

With charm and vivid detail, the acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Spencer acquaints readers with the places and people, the pleasures and heartaches, she has known in her life. From her idyllic childhood in small-town Mississippi onward, a questioning spirit and voracity for reading and writing shape Spencer's course: her formal and informal educations at Vanderbilt and in Rome, Florence, New York, and Montreal, and her break with the culturally rigid segregated society from which she sprang; her friendships with such great writers as Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, and Robert Penn Warren; and her own many remarkable literary successes. A deeply affecting memoir by an esteemed American author, Landscapes of the Heart reveals Spencer to be both a part of and forever apart from her beloved southern roots.

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    On the Gulf

      Elizabeth Spencer

On the Gulf

The magnetic appeal of land, sea, and sky along the southern coast has drawn Elizabeth Spencer many times to this lush and semitropical setting. This collection brings together six of her stories set amid terrain lapped by the warm coastal currents. These stories all happen on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, from New Orleans to Florida. In each a girl or young woman gives voice to the narrative, probing and groping for a secure place and identity.

The six stories included here are "On the Gulf," "The Legacy," "A Fugitive's Wife," "Mr. McMillan," "Go South in the Winter," and "Ship Island." Each reveals the special allure of the Gulf Coast region through the author's depiction of character and engagement with the complexities of plot. In these stories that illuminate the lives of sundry females—from insecure waifs to novice seductresses—Spencer investigates female psyche, a topic which lies at the core of much of her fiction.

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