The Closed Door and Other Stories, Paperback
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The Closed Door and Other Stories is a collection of 10 short stories. Dorothy Whipple is skilled at describing the relationships between people: parents and their children, husbands and wives, young girls experiencing the thrill of their first potential romance. The stories are less plot-driven, but character development is strong, even though some of these stories are very short. The title story, The Closed Door, is more like a short novel than a short story, and it tells the story of a young girl as she grows up and gets married to get out from under the thumb of her repressive parents. As such, it skips over a lot of stuff, and I think this story might have been good as a longer novel. Other than that, though, I really loved the stories in this collection; some of them have a very strong emotional impact on the reader.

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22 Jan 2011 (bought with Bridget's token for 2010 birthday) You know where you are with a Whipple, as I've probably said before: you know you're going to get realistic family situations, the theatre of the domestic, nothing too violent or overt but a delicate portrayal of the smallest emotions and conflicts - which can of course involve huge emotional violence. The title story is the longest, and encapsulates the common themes - difficult parents, difficult marriages, the redemptive nature of frendships and the small pleasures and triumphs in life. Whipple roots for her heroines, however stuck in their situations, and leads, rather than tells, us to do so too.

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