Slowly, Slowly in the Wind brilliantly assembles many of Patricia Highsmith's most nuanced and psychologically suspenseful works. Rarely has an author articulated so well the hypocrisies of the Catholic Church while conveying the delusions of a writer's life and undermining the fantasy of suburban bliss. Each of these twelve pieces, like all great short fiction, is a crystal-clear snapshot of lives both static and full of chaos. In "The Pond" Highsmith explores the unforeseen calamities that can unalterably shatter a single woman's life, while "The Network" finds sinister loneliness and joy in the mundane yet engrossing friendships of a small community of urban dwellers. In this enduring and disturbing collection, Highsmith evokes the gravity and horror of her characters' surroundings with evenhanded prose and a detailed imagination.
"Highsmith neatly dismantles the American suburban idyll, subverting the cliches of domestic bliss-nice neighbors, a child's comforting glass of milk, and the dream of growing radishes-with macabre cruelty." -- Andrew Wilson, author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith "For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith." -- Time "Highsmith is crime fiction's most lethal existentialist." -- Ed Siegel - Boston Globe
About Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
Slowly, Slowly in the Wind by Patricia Highsmith
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