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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
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Apr 29, 2012

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I saw this book on the shelves of the library and picked it up. I hadn't heard of Margaret Drabble, but I was willing to give it a shot. I enjoyed the short stories, most of which uncovered the depth behind the everyday life of the women protagonists. While some uncomfortable truths are revealed in the course of the story, I found the sentiments of the stories to ring true for me.
Technically, the short stories were wonderful. Drabble was quick to the point, using just the right number of words to convey her meaning without being long-winded. The characters are well-rounded and even the scenery is well-described. By the end of the story, I could see the point the story had, the reason the author felt this story or character was important enough to share.
While I enjoyed the book, I am not compelled to read anything else by Drabble.
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