The Collected Stories: Passion and Affect, The Lone Pilgrim, and Another Marvelous Thing

October 31, 2020
The Collected Stories: Passion and Affect, The Lone Pilgrim, and Another Marvelous Thing

The definitive collection of short fiction from a writer"who has single-handedly revitalized the short story" (LosAngeles Times)."If anyone wrote eloquently and magnificently about affairs ofthe heart, it was Laurie Colwin" (San FranciscoChronicle). In this stunning volume, which gathers togetherher three brilliant story collections, the beloved author ofHome Cooking explores the mysteries of life and love withher signature blend of empathy, wisdom, and wit.Passion and Affect: From two ornithologists who findtheir own mating habits to be just as inscrutable as those of theiravian subjects to a lonely husband whose search for exotic hobbiesleads him to television, junk food, and a young woman withTechnicolor green hair, the heroes and heroines of Colwin's debutstory collection are clever, naïve, brave, delicate, and fickle. Inother words, they are profoundly human, and their preciselyobserved, warmly intelligent stories capture nothing less than whatit means to be alive in the modern world.The Lone Pilgrim: In the title story of this elegantand insightful collection, a book illustrator meets the man of herdreams and struggles to say goodbye to her old self. "AMythological Subject" is the tale of an adulterous affair thatarrives unexpected and unwanted, like a natural disaster, but is nomistake. "A Girl Skating" is a delicate and haunting portrait ofthe unbridgeable divide between life and art, poetry and nature."One reads with fascination the steps by which lovers in one storyafter another stumble upon their forthright declarations" (TheNew York Times Book Review).Another Marvelous Thing: These "witty, literate, andintelligent" linked stories are told from the alternatingperspectives of two adulterous lovers (The New York Times BookReview). Josephine "Billy" Delielle and Francis Clemens areeconomists married to other people, but the similarities end there.He is fastidious; she is a slob. He delights in good food and finewine; her refrigerator is always empty. He is old and sentimental;she is young and tough minded. Charting their electrifying affairfrom beginning to end, this exquisite story collection tackles thethorniest of subjects with honesty, grace, and humor.