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The Cost of Lunch, Etc. [Kindle Edition]

Marge Piercy

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“The author displays an old-fashioned narrative drive and a set of well-realized characters permitted to lead their own believably odd lives.”  —Thomas Mallon, Newsday

"Piercy’s perceptiveness exposes our raw edges and vulnerability, but her characters never affect to be better than we are, only complicit with us in their desire to somehow get on with things." —Barbara Clark, the Barnstable Patriot
"The book’s paragraphs are concise and poetic. Each sentence is purposeful, enhancing the setting and action. If Piercy’s characters make you weep, it’s because they’re so real." —George Longenecker, Rain Taxi

“This reviewer knows no other writer with Piercy’s gifts for tracing the emotional route that two people take to a double bed, and the mental games and gambits each transacts there.”  —Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune

“Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.”  —Boston Globe

“What Piercy has that Danielle Steel, for example, does not is an ability to capture life’s complex texture, to chart shifting relationships and evolving consciousness within the context of political and economic realities she delineates with mordant matter-of-factness." —Wendy Smith, Chicago Sun-Times

“As always, Piercy writes with high intelligence, love for the world, ethical passion, and innate feminism.”  —Adrienne Rich, feminist and author, A Change of World

"With uncompromising emotional intensity, Piercy captures the complex female experience in her debut short story collection. Powerful in scope, the collection feels driven by an idea rather than a story, demonstrating Pierce’s understanding of how social constructs evolve in deeply personal ways." —Publishers Weekly

"Piercy homes in on her characters, mixing just the right amount of humor into her always insightful take on imperfect human relationships, in their many guises." —Deborah Donovan, Booklist

"Piercy's debut short-story collection heralds the beloved feminist writer's return to fiction after a long hiatus. The stories, written in the fiercely honest style of her novels, follows everyday women attempting to make sense of their world." —Ms. Magazine

"Though stuffed with heavy topics, The Cost of Lunch, Etc. is the perfect poolside literary pick." —

"Many of the stories are funny, a few shocking, all are interesting and incredibly well-told. For a journey into the feminine psyche it is unparalleled." —Sally Hughes,


Marge Piercy's debut collection of short stories is a glimpse into the lives of everyday women moving through and making sense of their daily internal and external worlds. Keeping to the engaging, accessible language of Piercy's novels, the collection spans decades of her writing along with a range of locations, ages and emotional states of her protagonists. Whether grappling with death, familial relationships, friendship, sex, illness, or religion, Piercy's writing is as passionate, lucid, insightful, and thoughtfully alive as ever.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 956 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 177 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1604864966
  • Verlag: PM Press (21. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00IA2DS6S
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #408.207 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wise wonderful stories that will whet your appetite for more Piercy. Highly recommended. 10. März 2014
Von Timothy J. Bazzett - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have long been a fan of Marge Piercy's work. The last Piercy book I read was her literary memoir, Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir, which I loved. Before that I had much enjoyed Small Changes, Gone to Soldiers and Summer People. I realize that this is only a small fraction of her prolific output, and now, having read her latest, a short story collection (her first) called THE COST OF LUNCH, ETC., my appetite has been whetted for more of Piercy.

Because THE COST OF LUNCH, ETC. is a masterful, mesmerizing set of twenty stories, each one an absolute gem which left me wondering how Piercy is able to create such real, believable breathing characters in just a dozen pages or, often, even less. There is the eccentric widow, whose grown children see her as a 'hoarder' and whose thoughts and activities do indeed place her squarely into that category so recently exploited on cable TV ("Saving Mother from Herself"). And the middle-aged wife kissed by a neighbor, who wonders if her husband still cares, remembering a time when "he loved her till the ceiling went away and her eyes fell back in her head" ("What the Arbor Said"). In "Fog" a woman is confronted with her long-time partner's early onset Alzheimer's and thinks, "I have a child but she is growing backwards into babbling and then silence. But I made a commitment: partners for life."

Much is made in several of the (obviously autobiographical) stories here of Piercy's feelings about being a Jew in a non-observant family and how, as a small child, she loved visiting her Orthodox Jewish grandmother in Cleveland, where she accompanied her to temple and shul. In "What and When I Promised" the ten year-old narrator tries to comfort her grandmother Hannah, whose whole family was lost to the Holocaust, and tells her: "Grandma, I will always be a Jew. No matter what, I will remain a Jew so long as I live ... And I have kept that promise ever since."

In more than a few of these stories the narrator describes a distant father who wanted a son, and was disappointed at having a daughter. Reading these, I was suddenly reminded of a song from the seventies, Lori Jacobs' "Constant Disappointment" - "I've been a constant disappointment all my life/To the people in my life/Who say they really care." (free LP)And, in one of my everything-is-connected musings, I wondered if Jacobs had ever read Piercy, or if Piercy had ever heard Jacobs's song.

Bottom line: these are simply wonderful stories. HIGHLY recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I was both happy and surprised to see this on a bookshelf. 10. April 2014
Von Ari Reads - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have been waiting for something new from Marge Piercy and was afraid she had retired. I am a long time reader of Piercy, but I do not always love her style. That said, these stories are wonderful. They touch on ideas and situations that people tend to ignore and I enjoyed the peek into lives (especially older lives) and concise use of language--there are no extra words in this volume.

I think it speaks to and for many people, especially women, who are not usually given a voice. If they find this, it will be a best seller. I will be giving a copy to my mother for Mother's Day. I am giving it four stars because I devoured it in one afternoon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An okay read 10. Oktober 2014
Von Nicole J. Rademan - Veröffentlicht auf
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An enjoyable set of short stories, some semi-autobiographical. Not as compelling as the author's best work but I was glad I read them.
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