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In "The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson", a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income by performing as a patient for medical students, and renting out her spare room. Quiet, middle-class, and middle-aged, Mrs. Donaldson will soon discover that she rather enjoys role-play at the hospital, and the irregular and startling entertainment provided by her tenants. In "The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes", a disappointed middle-aged mother dotes on her only son, Graham, who believes he must shield her from the truth. As Graham's double life becomes increasingly complicated, we realize how little he understands, not only of his own desires but also those of his mother.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250003164
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 19 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Dec 20, 2016

A bit difficult to follow at times, due to that English way of not coming right out and saying something, but instead, hinting at it and referring to it obliquely. That sort of "we both know what I'm talking about here, and that topic is sort of distasteful, so let's assume you know what I mean". Otherwise, a pair of short stories that was funny and fun to read.

Quimeras Jul 16, 2015

First of all, how can anyone resist a book with such a title? It just begs to be plucked from the bookshelves. “Smut” was truly an enjoyable read. I loved the strong, quirky women characters, especially Mrs. Donaldson.

Apr 18, 2012

Two novellas are contained in this book that may surprise readers expecting something like Bennett?s recent An Uncommon Reader. Middle age, middle class women are the subjects of both, tales charmingly told if a bit ?R rated.? But, if you laugh out loud at British humor or consider yourself an anglophile, these stories will probably make you smile. I did.

bdemian Mar 15, 2012

The combination of Bennett's meticulous, almost donnish prose with the hilarious, absurd hijinks makes for thoroughly delectable entertainment. His compassion for his characters (those who deserve it) is infectious. A delight.

Mar 05, 2012

Fun read. I laughed out loud at times.


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