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In the Land of Men: Stories

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In this powerful collection of stories, Antonya Nelson portrays women whose lives have slipped loose from their moorings and the men who can't really anchor them. Here we meet Roxanne, the tomboy who consistently chooses men who are not her equal; the loving Marta, whose husband keeps a separate house where he retreats when married life overwhelms him; and Bebe, a married ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 18th 1999 by Scribner (first published February 1st 1992)
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May 09, 2009 patty rated it really liked it
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Edgier and darker than Alice Munro, more engaging than Joyce Carol Oates in the short story/novella context. For me it could be the age difference between the three authors with author Nelson closer to my own age/experience.

This set of short stories by Antonya Nelson are my fave to date...still have a few more titles to enjoy.
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Sep 04, 2011 Ann Douglas rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories had been languishing in my "to read" pile for at least three or four years until I picked it up on a whim a few days ago. Once that happened, every other book I had been reading was put on hold. This is the first book I've read by Antonya Nelson. if this is indicative of her writing, I've just discovered a new favourite author. Her stories are powerful and compelling, often from the very first line. Highly recommended.
Aug 07, 2009 Deidre rated it liked it
Antonya Nelson. In the Land of Men. New York: Scribner, 1992.

She’s depressing. She’s thoughtful. She’s edgy. Okay, so the last one I read of hers wasn’t that great but this one is very, very good. It’s back to short story writing with connecting themes. I’d struggle to say that I like her characters because Nelson allows them to be uncomfortably human, with flaws that we don’t like admitting we have. Most of us tame that part of us – thank goodness. If we can’t tame those parts than it’s just be
Apr 17, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing
This may be the second or third Antonya Nelson book of short stories on my shelf, and I like each one better. Antonya really gets to it. Before she is done with one idea or character or setting, she is already painting a new picture to deepen the meaning to her story. She has this talent to put one picture down after another so that as you read along you feel like you are going deeper into this kaleidescope of real life tragedy. In fact, in one of my favorites in this collection "The Happy Day", ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Nerissa rated it it was ok
Overall, this collection seemed a little unpolished but the author has a good ear for women in emotional transition and those characters were touching.
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Jul 27, 2011 John Pappas rated it liked it
Nelson does dislocation and loss well. When they take center stage, her male characters seem a bit wooden. Her female characters, however, are more dynamic and vital.
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Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction, including Nothing Right and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell. Nelson’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA ...more
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