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Liz F

The short story sounds very appealing - as does Louisa's life at times it has to be said!
You can certainly feel just as lonely with the wrong person as you can on your own and there must be a real pleasure in being able to completely please yourself, and live your life how you want to. Not something I have ever experienced as there always seems to be someone who wants something from me!

I have tried and failed to finish a couple of novels by Allegra Goodman - maybe a short story would be the way in? Will have to see if I can track some down.

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

The first story sounds so 'right' -- it does resonate, re doing what is expected versus doing what brings contentment even if it is not what society expects. It sounds very gentle too.


I like that even though she is alone she never seemed lonely. She is set in her ways and maybe a tiny bit eccentric (and aren't we all in our own way?)but she knows her own shortcomings and what is ultimately going to make her happy--though imagine having waited so long for your betrothed only to 'set him loose'. I like my solitude-though there are often people around in my house--still, I get much more of it than you do, so I am lucky really! I need to have a little alone time. It's good to be wanted though! And your family surely depends on you a lot--and there is much to be said for that, too! :) I have yet to try any of Allegra Goodman's novels--but I keep buying them so will get to one eventually. This story is online in case you want to give it a go!


I thought so, too. It is a very gentle read and nicely done. Poor Louisa in some ways comes off as being a little bit peculiar in her set ways (like shifting books back the way they were after Joe picks them up--must say, though, I do the same thing myself on occasion.....


This sounds lovely. I like how she prepares her tea.
I think we're often harsh in judging lives. There's an inner richness that those who are constnatly on the move may not have.


I've not heard of Freeman before. The story sounds lovely. Proof that a quiet story can be just as good as one with lots of "explosions." And I very much enjoyed your interpretation of it!


I think you are right. No doubt people would think such a woman living by herself and using her fine china a complete eccentric, but she pleases herself and I think there is nothing wrong with that. Besides, it is her generosity of spirit to let him go and free him to marry the other woman he fell in love with but would not have left her for otherwise. I think there is a lot to be said for living life that way--using the best china everyday rather than waiting for that special moment (which you never know whether you will get or not....--life is too short!).


I hadn't either--I love discovering new authors this way (that Twisted Sisters--domestic fiction anthology was the same way--lots of good stories by women authors I hadn't ever heard of). Next weekend is one by Sarah Orne Jewett which is a reminder I need to get back to my novella by her!


I loved 'Apple Cake'! Thank you for sharing it.


Wasn't it good? I love reading those New Yorker stories--I keep finding such great authors that way and the stories have all been really well done (well, there has only been a very few that I didn't like). I have my next issue all ready to read this weekend!

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