Love and Modern Medicine: Stories

Love and Modern Medicine Stories The New York Times has described Perri Klass s short stories as subtly astonishing and very funny Klass writes stories that sound true She s a medical school graduate a passionate traveler a mother

  • Title: Love and Modern Medicine: Stories
  • Author: Perri Klass
  • ISBN: 9780618109609
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • The New York Times has described Perri Klass s short stories as subtly astonishing and very funny Klass writes stories that sound true She s a medical school graduate, a passionate traveler, a mother, a writer Her preoccupations come forth in her stories She has plenty to say about love in a science drunk world, how the brain works, and the heart And how the sparks fThe New York Times has described Perri Klass s short stories as subtly astonishing and very funny Klass writes stories that sound true She s a medical school graduate, a passionate traveler, a mother, a writer Her preoccupations come forth in her stories She has plenty to say about love in a science drunk world, how the brain works, and the heart And how the sparks fly when the two collide Sparks fly again in her new collection, LOVE AND MODERN MEDICINE, a literary tapesty of the beauties and terrors of contemporary domesticity Instantly recognizable, the appealing characters in these stories are the able sort who can cope with any crisis at work but are often undone by the complexities of life at home They are parents, doctors, patients, friends, and lovers, who encounter one another in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in a world in which professional expertise even the finest medical expertise cannot always ward off threats to everyday happiness In Freedom Fighter, a pregnant obstetrician steals a getaway weekend with an old friend among the outlet malls of northern New England A fruit fly geneticist in The Trouble with Sophie struggles to contend with her daughter s jargon spouting kindergarten teacher In Intimacy, a high school biology teacher, exhausted by new motherhood, listens bleary eyed to the details of her coworker s intimacy counseling with her latest boyfriend And in Necessary Risks, an anesthesiologist balks at spending two weeks alone with her energetic and precocious four year old Including three O Henry Award winning stories, LOVE AND MODERN MEDICINE is full of small wonders and large satisfactions.

    One thought on “Love and Modern Medicine: Stories”

    1. Dr Klass writes beautifully, and all the stories in the collection are interesting and readable, but there are two standouts in the collection: the title story and another, entitled "Necessary Risks." I suppose I have a bias favoring short stories which enlarge and illuminate the life of the characters, and in doing so, enlarge and illuminate the reader's life as well. The remainder of the stories in this collection don't quite meet that biased status, even if they are wonderfully written and en [...]

    2. As a collection of short stories, this book doesn't work.The stories are fun to read, but they are way too similar. It's the same wife, the same best friend, the same three story house, and all of the stories end in a non -conclusive, glimpse of another person's life sort of way. Maybe these were all sketches for a novel she wrote or something. I can see how they would do well individually in a short story collection.

    3. I love Perri Klass' writing and this book was no exception. She is an amazing person - a talented author as well as a doctor and medical professor, etc. Beautifully written stories about medicine and people. Loved it.

    4. As with all short stories, some were better than others, but overall I really enjoyed this book. I think anyone with a connection to the medical or academic community would especially appreciate it, but regardless it's very touching & human. A good read!

    5. Klass's set-ups for her stories are all very similar, with an almost formulaic set of characters, but what happens to these characters is different in each story, and the perspective of female medical professionals, represented in fiction, is rare enough that her stories are refreshing to read.

    6. I loved it. The chapters were written beautifully with a good amount of wit and compassion to keep the momentum going.

    7. Heart-warming but grimly real stories of love, motherhood, and the field of medicine. Kind of like Jhumpa Lahiri's with much happier endings.

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