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Which one was Frieda, then? On one side of him sat a dishevelled woman with hair twice as red as Jane's but slightly purple at the roots, as if it were emerging from a wound. She had the look of someone on loan from a back ward. On his other side sat a ketselah, a little cat, smaller, under what looked like a real lace shawl: my mother would have called her quality. ) and a vaguely European tinge of irony, or tolerance, to her smile. Everyone here was European, of course, but I don't mean Poland, I don't mean Odessa, I mean, say, middle-class Prague or Vienna.
M. Berry 285 Benson Watts is Dead and in Virginia Doris Betts 300 Notes on Contributors 331 Page ix Preface When the editors of The Massachusetts Review were invited by the University of Massachusetts Press to collect fiction from a twenty-seven-year harvest, we asked ourselves what the criteria should be. The answer, reduced to essentials, was quality and diversity. These are the bases on which MR has always selected fiction, and we wanted the book to be representativenot to mention pleasingto serious readers of short stories.
No one knows what went wrong with it. Black Raoul says a tree is just like a man. " Clemmons looked away from the tree. " He turned and walked slowly toward the door. He was a man who knew when business was finished. He did not have to be told to leave. "I'll call you," Billy said. "I hope you don't have to," the old man answered, pulling the office door shut. That afternoon, the interviews continued. There was Lloyd Buntin, a pest-control man from St. Francisville, Wilfred Boineaux, a garage mechanic who wanted the job seemingly because he was Page 25 bored, Alexis McCrory, a black undertaker who wanted two jobs, and Xavier Guz, a simple, red-faced man who relished the chance of killing someone.
A Good deal: selected short stories from The Massachusetts review by Mary Heath