Nineteen short stories explore the complexities of our cultural and psychological landscape in a collection that features John Updike's "The Fairy Godfathers," "The Whole Truth" by Stephen McCauley, and works by Lawrence Block, Donald Barthelme, and other notable American writers.
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The therapist's office remains one of the few private places in our world. On the Couch, a scintillating collection of contemporary American short stories, provides nineteen separate windows onto this intensely private experience, from the heroine in Lorrie Moore's "If Only Bert Were Here", who cannot recover from the death of her beloved cat (and who lists Haagen-Dazs as a distinct stage of mourning), to the couple in John Updike's "The Fairy Godfathers", whose passion requires the presence of their respective therapists, to the protagonist of Stephen McCauley's "The Whole Truth", who can, hilariously, barely keep straight the twisted lies she tells her therapist about her romantic entanglements.From Kirkus Reviews:
An anthology of nicely ironic stories about therapy and analysis. Kates makes the point that therapy is peculiarly American, but she might also note that undergoing therapy is a peculiarity of the uppermiddle class, since the stories she has chosen to reprint- -either from magazine or previous book collections--are largely about well-educated people with the money to pay for treatment. Often, it's the chance to sample the sensibility of those who must work for a living that is at the heart of the therapeutic process. In Daniel Menaker's gentle satires of the cultured elite of New York City, ``I'm Rubber, You're Glue'' and ``Influenza,'' it's the blue-collar practicality of a Cuban analyst that spurs his ironic, detached patients to face up to their true motivations. In Peter Collier's moving ``Transference,'' a California man comes to terms with his father's death by turning his stern, practical, tough-talking analyst into a surrogate father. In Rebecca Lee's lyrical ``Slatland,'' the story a psychiatrist tells a little girl becomes her entire worldview, for good and ill. So much for the competent therapists. The incompetent ones are on display in Lorrie Moore's slight but hilarious ``If Only Bert Were Here,'' about a woman who refuses to get over the death of her cat, and about the therapist willing, for a fee, to listen to her; and in Stephen McCauley's dry ``The Whole Truth,'' which is about a woman who turns everything into a half-lie and the therapists who never figure her out. The masterpiece, though, is Lynne Sharon Schwartz's ``The Age of Analysis'' (from Acquainted with the Night, 1984), about a little monster raised by analyst parents, always in therapy himself, who learns to get his way through violent outbursts, dominating both his parents and his several psychiatrists. Schwartz sardonically examines therapy as a way of life, and eviscerates it. A superb gathering of intelligent, often moving, tales. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Buchbeschreibung Atlantic Monthly Pr. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0871136627 Near fine in near fine dust jacket. First edition Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. BING57851
Buchbeschreibung Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0871136627 Near fine in near fine dust jacket. First edition Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. BING7362590