A key collection to discover or deepen in Wharton's mastery of the short story
Translation by Laura Salas Cover by Candy Martínez
Written in Edith Wharton's uniquely ironic style, the five tales selected for this collection are original and captivating. Invaded by early twentieth century conventions that are still recognizable nowadays, the main characters' lives turn out to be ill-fated or amusing.
Xingu is a sharp satire on society women who belong to a book club just to show their intellectual superiority to one another. But a writer's visit to the club will challenge their abilities, leading to a rather amusing outcome. “The Choice” reveals the alarming surprise awaiting a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage, while “The Other Two” tells the tale of a recently married man who has to face his wife’s past in the form of her two ex-husbands. To conclude the collection, “The Eyes” provides the account of a man whose decisions and actions haunt him, ultimately becoming the worst nightmare of all, whereas “The House of the Dead Hand” shows just how far a father’s power over his daughter can go.