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The Winter Without Milk: Stories

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Jane Avrich explores the perils of desire in these fifteen brilliant stories. Here are characters irresistibly attracted to excess — material, emotional, spiritual — who must in the end choose between a life of self-indulgence and a life of self-control. The results are both disastrous and uplifting, and often wickedly funny.
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 12th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 2003)
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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Desire and trash go hand in hand in Jane Avrich’s stories; what we want and what we throw away defines who we are. The people in "Trash Traders" learn this the hard way when their garbage ends up in the wrong places, and the charwoman (of "The Charwoman") thinks she can give up a life of love for one of refuse, only to see that life become just as worthless in the end. Lady Macbeth finds solace amidst the prickly pears, one man courts scarlet-lettered Puritan castoff Hestor Prymm, a
Apr 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Jane Avrich is in love with words, which makes reading her stories a pleasure. Her descriptions are rich and cinematic. That said, I was not motivated to spend much time thinking about what Avrich actually has to say to the readers.

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2004- I found this collection of 15 short stories, all dealing with the central theme of desire, to be alright. Perhaps one of my favorite things the author did was take characters from literature and incorporate them in stories. Hester Prynne, Lady Macbeth, Oedipus, and Scheherazade all make appearances. One thing I disliked was that it seemed that the author wanted to make each story so different from the others that you almost felt you were reading a book full of stories from different author ...more
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay, another one that i have to confess I didn't quite finish, but read enough of to "count" in my opinion. I really tried. The stories are unique and original, but depressing and not engaging...the short one about trash, for example, was more of a long free verse poem in prose form going on and on and on, just a flight of fancy that got very tiring to follow after a while. None of the characters are at all engaging....I didn't think it would be a feel-good book but I thought it would make me t ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Good creative writing
Tracy Canuck
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I don't have the patience for such poetic prose
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
There's one story in particular here that I love. Story 2, about trash.
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“Even now I'll see her looking at him, her eyes milky yet full of longing, and all he ever gives her is a gentle, absent nod. Perhaps this is the nature of true deprivation - a lifetime of love, tenderly spurned.” 4 likes
“To know our refuse is to know ourselves. We mark our own trail from past to present with what we've used and consumed, fondled, rejected, outgrown.” 3 likes
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