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Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories Paperback – Sep 30 1985
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About the Author
Ellen Gilchrist, Fayetteville, Arkansas, teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of several collections of short stories and novellas including "The Cabal and Other Stories", "Flights of Angels", "The Age of Miracles", "The Courts of Love", "In the Land of Dreamy Dreams", "Victory Over Japan" (winner of the National Book Award in 1984), "Drunk with Love", "I Cannot Get You Close Enough", and most recently, "Acts of God". Her novels include "The Anna Papers"; "The Annunciation"; "Net of Jewels"; "Starcarbon"; "Sarah Conley"; "Anabasis: A Journey to the Interior"; and "I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy". She is the author of two collections of essays, "Falling through Space" and "The Writing Life", both published by University Press of Mississippi.
Top Customer Reviews
Gilchrist paints a wide canvas of experiences. We are treated to southern characters whose eccentricities transcend stereotype. The really good news is the characters and their families continue and grow throughout her books. Like eating Belgian chocolates, reading Ellen Gilchrist's Victory Over Japan will be exhilirating, satisfying, and leave you eager for the next delicious encounter.
In the first story, 3rd-grader Rhoda chooses as her partner for the war defense paper drive, a classmate who has been bitten by a rabid squirrel. The second story is about a young woman who, unable to find the lover she came to California to join, robs a bookstore and finds adventure. Another story, told by a maid, is of her mistress's revenge on her brother. Unfortunately, all the stories are disjointed, dull and senseless. It's a shame -- this author has done better. Much better.
Most recent customer reviews
Ellen Gilchrist spoke to me directly in these stories - and I've read every word she's written ever since. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Romantic in Chicago
OK. I'm an Ellen Gilchrist fan, so there's some bias here, but no, I do not think the judges wrong to give this book laurels. Read morePublished on March 11 2003
"Victory Over Japan" fully explores the lives of Southern women. The reader feels very involved in the aspects of the characters issues.Published on Sept. 30 1999