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“[Colwin] has single-handedly revitalized the short story.” —Los Angeles Times

When Passion and Affect was first published in 1974, Laurie Colwin was anointed as a young writer to watch. Now, a new generation has the opportunity to encounter some of the most charmingly complicated and beautifully drawn characters in modern fiction, including:

·        a music critic whose orderly life is threatened by her flirtation with a married cartographer 

·        an ornithologist perplexed by human mating rituals despite his expertise in the natural world

·        two young men, best friends and cousins, whose relationship is disrupted by the sudden arrival of Misty Berkowitz in their lives

In these fourteen tales, some of which first ran in the New Yorker, Colwin explores love and marriage, friendship and loyalty, and obligation and desire with the compassion and wit that earned her the devotion of legions of readers. 

Release date: November 30, 2021

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Print pages: 192

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