Fifteen stories, all about women and girls, mostly in ordinary, everyday situations. What are their experiences? How do they react? How do they cope? What effect do these events have on the characters? These, in main, form the thrust of most of the stories, though there are interesting variations throughout. The topic of the tales range from nostalgia, to illegitimacy, to anger and defiance, to sadomasochism, to name a few. Add a dash of magic and whimsy to some stories and you have an interesting read.
Some of the tales can be classified as stories about young girls. In ‘The Back Verandah’ and ‘If the Earth Should Move’, two girls are caught up in a vortex of unfamiliar emotions. They have to battle with the dread of nymphomania, illegitimacy, anger and revenge, incest, all new, frightening emotions. The conclusion perplexes them, though they deal with it in their own way. (No spoiler alert!). ‘The Phalanx’ is a schoolgirl tale. Though it starts in the manner of Angela Brazil and her ilk, it has dark underpinnings of lesbianism, jealousy and vindictiveness.
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