Island of Floating Women, The

Island of Floating Women, The

$13.95
The Island of Floating Women by Batya Weinbaum
1993, Paperback

"The stories collected here remind me of the work of English author Jean Rhys, who wrote several short books in the 1920s and 30s. I have read Voyage in the Dark, Good Morning, Midnight, and After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie. Batya Weinbaum's first story, The Articulate Woman, contains much of the same brilliant dialogue of the desperate women in Rhys' books. Of course, the slang and idiomatic expressions have changed but the clipped, fragmented way people speak remains the same. As with the characters Jean Rhys wrote about, Batya Weinbaum describes troubled women, who wrestle with everyday existence, with thoughts of suicide, with the urge to cry out for help and with the need to shut out the world in order to be alone or in order to live in their own invented fantasy world. Throughout her work, Batya Weinbaum weaves a prominent thread of humor and satire, humor and satire that doesn't emerge from the work of Jean Rhys. Unlike Rhys, Weinbaum's women seem troubled for very clear reasons such as antisemitism, sexism and a sensitivity for others that makes these women vulnerable. Her stories range from gritty to surreal fantasy."
-- Jenny Wrenn, Publisher