Passion and Affect: Stories

October 31, 2020
Passion and Affect: Stories

The debut story collection from one of America's mostbeloved authorsLaurie Colwin explores the mysteries of life and love with hersignature blend of empathy, wisdom, and wit in these fourteenexquisite tales. In "Animal Behavior," an ornithologist and adoctoral student find their own mating habits to be just asinscrutable as those of their avian subjects. In "The EliteViewer," when his wife travels to England to attend a seminar,Benno Moran searches for exotic ways to occupy his time. Hediscovers television, junk food, and Greenie Frenzel, a young womanwith Technicolor hair and an appetite for cherry soda andmentholated cigarettes. "Children, Dogs, and Desperate Men" is thestory of Elizabeth Bayard, a sensible music critic whose flirtationwith a married cartographer is the latest in a series of romanticmissteps as irrational as they are irresistible.The heroes and heroines of Passion and Affect areclever, naive, brave, delicate, and fickle. In other words, theyare profoundly human, and their precisely observed, warmlyintelligent stories capture nothing less than what it means to bealive in the modern world.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Laurie Colwinincluding rare photos and never-before-seen documents from theauthor's estate.