In the New York Times Book Review this weekend, Nancy Kline reviews Margaret Drabble’s recently–released collection of short stories called ‘A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman’ (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The review itself is perfectly good, but something crucial is missing:
The review does not mention that ‘A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman’, the title story, is stunning. Simply stunning. It’s about a day in the life of Jenny Jamieson, an English TV presenter and mother of three who seemingly has it all, a woman who presents herself to the world as a happy, fulfilled and grateful wife and mother. Drabble’s detailed portrayal of Jenny on one, shocking day in her life, is insightful, moving and unforgettable. This story alone is worth the price of the book.
In the US, buy it at Barnes and Noble.
And in the UK, from the Guardian bookshop.
Photo of Margaret Drabble from the guardian.co.uk