Add free shipping to your order with these great books
Things to Come and Go - Bette Howland

Things to Come and Go

By: Bette Howland

Hardcover | 8 November 2022

Sorry, we are not able to source the book you are looking for right now.

We did a search for other books with a similar title, however there were no matches. You can try selecting from a similar category, click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your book.

'Stunning power and beauty abound in this book.' - The New York Times 'Howland recalls the short-story writer Lucia Berlin' - Harper's Magazine 'Honest, acerbic, alert, and always dazzling.' - Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana Things to Come and Go showcases the incomparable talent of Bette Howland in three novellas of stunning power, beauty, and sustaining humour. 'Birds of a Feather' is a daughter's story of her extended, first-generation family, the 'big, brassy yak-yakking Abarbanels'. Esti, a merciless, astute observer, recalls growing up amid (the confusions and difficulties of) their history, quarrels, judgements, and noisy love, and the sense of estrangement and inescapable bonds of blood. The clamour of the city, both its threat and its possibility, are just outside the door in 'The Old Wheeze', as a single mother in her twenties returns to her sunless apartment after a date at the ballet. Shifting between four viewpoints - the young woman, the older professor who took her out, her son, and her son's babysitter - the story masterfully captures the impossibility of liberating ourselves from the self. In 'The Life You Gave Me', a woman at the midpoint of life is called to her father's sickbed. A lament for all that is forever unsaid and unsayable, the story is 'an anguished meditation on growing up, growing old and being left behind, a complaint against time.' (The New York Times) First published in 1984, Things to Come and Go, Bette Howland's final book, is a collection of haunting urgency about arrivals and departures, and the private, insoluble dramas in the lives of three women. This edition features an introduction by Rumaan Alam, bestselling author of Leave the World Behind.

More in Short Stories

We All Lived in Bondi Then - Georgia Blain

RRP $29.99

$27.90

The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

RRP $22.99

$21.90

I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

Paperback

RRP $22.99

$21.90

The Pole and Other Stories - J. M. Coetzee

RRP $34.99

$31.75

The Dinner Table : Over 100 Writers on Food - Kate Young

RRP $49.99

$38.75

22%
OFF
The Boat : 1st Edition - Nam Le

RRP $22.99

$21.90

If I Survive You : Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023 - Jonathan Escoffery
Maktub - Paulo Coelho

Paperback

RRP $32.99

$30.25

The Inheritance - Robin Hobb

RRP $22.99

$21.90

The Promise of Space and Other Stories - James Patrick Kelly

FREE SHIPPING

RRP $28.99

$19.25

34%
OFF
Permafrost - SJ Norman

Paperback

RRP $29.99

$27.90

Graphic Classics Volume 7 : Bram Stoker - 2nd Edition - Bram Stoker

FREE SHIPPING

Bloody Fabulous - Holly Black

FREE SHIPPING

RRP $28.99

$23.25

20%
OFF
Weird Detectives : Recent Investigations - Neil Gaiman

FREE SHIPPING

RRP $30.99

$22.95

26%
OFF
Gunflower - Laura Jean McKay

Paperback

RRP $29.99

$27.90