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A Party for the Girls: Six Stories
by H.E. Bates
The six long stories of A Party for the Girls present H.E. Bates at his finest. A crack shot at understated tragedy, Bates is perhaps at his best with comedy and character.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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These were some of the best short stories that I've ever read. Ever. Not since reading Flannery O'Connor have I seen an author so thoroughly control the mind of the reader through simple, direct, clear prose. More importantly, this whole book shows off the skills of Bates as an author. Flipping between slapstick comedy (A Party for the Girls), childish hijinks (A Great Day for Bonzo), and sheer tragedy (The Mill; I'm crying thinking about this story right now), Bates shows a deftness that isn't ...more
Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE is widely recognised as one of the finest short story writers of his generation, with more than 20 story collections published in his lifetime. It should not be overlooked, however, that he also wrote some outstanding novels, starting with The Two Sisters through to A Moment in Time, with such works as Love For Lydia, Fair Stood the Wind for France and The Scarlet Sword ...moreMore about H.E. Bates...