In the Absence of Angels by Hortense Calisher

In the Absence of Angels by Hortense Calisher. 1951 Little Brown paperback, 243 pages. Calisher was an accomplished short-story writer and novelist who defied categorization, and published many stories in the New Yorker. According to the NYT "Failure and isolation were themes that ran through her 23 novels and short-story collections: failure of love, marriage, communication, identity. She explored the isolation within families that cannot be avoided yet cannot be faced, isolation imposed by wounds inflicted even in the happiest of households, wounds that shape events for generations." In the Absence of Angels was her debut collection.

Condition: VG, pages tanned

"He was thinking that his usually competent solitude had become more than he could bear."

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