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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
With rare verve and panache, Calisher has confronted a difficult and ofter neglected subject, and has triumphed magnificently. Age is not only an important contribution to our understanding of the human predicament, it is a celebration of the human spirit--as only first -rate fiction can provide.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published January 1st 1987)
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Noreen Miller
I was pleasantly surprised and drawn in by the focus on a somewhat neglected age of character and side-by-side husband/wife journal entry presentation.Calisher does a phenomenal job of adapting the tone and voice of the separate journal entries to fit the two unique characters, Rupert and Gemma. Through the eyes of 73 year-old Rupert and his 77 year-old wife, Gemma, the reader is confronted with the very real concerns of the last-stages of life. A variety of aspects are touched upon as they conf ...more
Ron Mohring
Lovely, nuanced writing. I couldn't help but think of my own parents as I read through this short novel, admiring Calisher's characterizations and dialogue (which reminds me of Albee in the way that characters who know each other can half-speak or hint and still communicate fully because they are fully aware of their history together).
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Hortense Calisher was an American writer of fiction.

Calisher involved her closely investigated, penetrating characters in complicated plotlines that unfold with shocks and surprises in allusive, nuanced language with a distinctively elegiac voice, sometimes compared with Eudora Welty, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Henry James. Critics generally considered Calisher a type of neo-realist and oft
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