Fiction. Women's Studies. Short Fiction. Like the many surfaces of a gemstone, the varied aspects of human experience link the short stories in this collection. Themes of finding one's identity; conflicts of family, career and romance; loneliness, death, loss, and feelings of displacement; youth and aging; courage and fear; human frailty; spirituality; compassion and manifestations of evil, all are at the heart of this collection. The story bearing the collection's name presents a satirical microcosm of our fragmented contemporary society, a candle-lit dinner party of six disparate guests at a cottage on an isolated island at the height of a Gothic storm. In the remaining stories a middle-aged woman confronts a plastic surgeon; an elderly woman offers an amusing account of her inability to assert her desires; a seventy-year-old woman on her death bed makes plans for her next dinner party; a Holocaust survivor fashions random objects into sculptures; a forty-something woman confronts the male medical profession; an aging woman laments loss; a pianist is conflicted by love for her teacher; and a young mother seeks to fathom where her own self has disappeared.
Rhoda Rabinowitz Green is the author of two novels, Slowly I Turn and Moon Over Mandalay. Her short fiction has been published in magazines and journals across North America, including The Fiddlehead, The Louisville Review, Dandelion, Fireweed, Parchment, Sistersong, and Jewish Currents. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and was a finalist in the Canadian Writers Union Short Prose Competition. She lives in Toronto.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN