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Lore Segal is a writer, educator, and reviewer. She was born in Vienna, Austria, on March 8, 1928. Segal earned her B.A. in English from Bedford College, University of London, in 1948. Segal taught writing and English at Columbia University, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, Bennington näytä lisää College, the University of Illinois, and The Ohio State University. She has published short stories, articles, and reviews in such periodicals as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, New Republic, and the New York Times Book Review. Segal also wrote fiction for both children and adults. Segal received grants from the Council of Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a Guggenheim fellow in 1965-66 and received the Academy of Arts and Letters Award in 1986. Her book, Shakespeare's Kitchen, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: Segal Lore, Lore Groszmann Segal

Tekijän teokset

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm (1973) — Kääntäjä — 588 kappaletta
Tell Me a Mitzi (1970) 210 kappaletta
Shakespeare's Kitchen: Stories (2007) 204 kappaletta
Other People's Houses (1964) 119 kappaletta
Her First American (1985) 96 kappaletta
Book of Adam to Moses (1648) 87 kappaletta
Half the Kingdom (2013) 75 kappaletta
Lucinella (1976) 70 kappaletta
Tell Me a Trudy (1977) 60 kappaletta
Morris the Artist (2003) 42 kappaletta
Ladies' Lunch and other stories (2023) 41 kappaletta
All the Way Home (1973) 28 kappaletta
The Bear and the Kingbird: A Tale From The Brothers Grimm (1979) — Kääntäjä — 23 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta
The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction (1992) — Avustaja — 122 kappaletta
Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction (2006) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
Groszmann, Lore (birth name)
Vienna, Austria
England, UK
Dominican Republic
New York, New York, USA
University of London (Bedford College)
children's book author
Holocaust survivor
short story writer (näytä kaikki 7)
Columbia University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature ∙ 1986)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1965-1966)
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Lore Segal, née Groszmann, was born in Vienna, Austria, to a middle-class Jewish family. Her parents were Ignatz Groszmann, a bank chief accountant, and his wife Franzi Stern, a homemaker.

After the Nazi Anschluss (annexation) of Austria in 1938, her father lost his job and was threatened. He signed up the family for the USA immigration quota. in December that year, 10-year-old Lore joined other Jewish children on the first wave of the Kindertransport mission to safety in England. Though she knew very little English when she arrived, she became conversant in six weeks.
While staying with her English foster parents, she began writing a novel she would eventually publish as Other People's Houses (1964).
On her 11th birthday, her parents arrived in England. Despite his refugee status, Lore's father was labeled an enemy alien and interned on the Isle of Man, where he suffered a series of strokes. He died a few days before World War II ended. Lore and her mother moved to London, where she won a scholarship to Bedford College of the University of London. She graduated in 1948 with an honors degree in English literature.
In 1951, after spending three years in the Dominican Republic, their American quota number finally came up and they settled in New York City. In 1961, she married David Segal, an editor at Knopf, with whom she had two children. Over the next decades, she published three widely regarded novels, Lucinella (1976), Her First American (1985), and Shakespeare's Kitchen (2007), as well as many short stories, essays, translations, and children's books, including a collection of Grimm fairy tales, The Juniper Tree (1973), illustrated by her friend Maurice Sendak. She taught writing at Columbia University, Princeton University, Bennington College, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University. Among the many awards and honors her work has received are the Clifton Fadiman Medal, the O. Henry Prize, and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Lore and her mother appeared in the film Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, which won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2000.



“We need a moral: let us be patient with each other and with ourselves, and suffer the diverse paces at which we move through one another’s time and space.”

Ladies' Lunch and Other Stories by Lore Segal revolves around a group of friends in their 80s and 90s. While many of the stories have been previously published throughout the author’s illustrious career, a few are relatively newer. Through the course of ten of the sixteen short stories, we follow Ruth, Bridget, Farah, Lotte, and Bessie, friends for over four decades who have a lifetime of memories they share over their luncheons, as they also confront the challenges of aging, loneliness, loss of friends and family, the COVID lockdown and much more. Though the ladies’ luncheons and their discussions form the larger part of the collection, we also get a handful of “other” stories ranging from themes of childhood memories, the Holocaust, age related ailments, and nostalgia.

Insightful, heartfelt and bittersweet, I enjoyed the author’s sharp writing, sparse prose (occasionally, a tad abrupt) and realistic characters. The tone of these stories does tend toward sad and melancholic, but the author injects a steady dose of witty observation to balance the sadness. My rating reflects my opinion of the collection as a whole. While some stories were more impactful than others, overall, I found this collection to be a thought-provoking read. My favorites among the stories were The Arbus Factor, Dandelion, Making Good and Ladies' Zoom.

Many thanks to Melville House Publishing and NetGalley for the digital review copy of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This book was published on September 26, 2023.
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srms.reads | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 1, 2023 |
Pulitzer Prize finalist, and beloved New York writer, Lore Segal pens a short story collection about five female friends who have been lunching together for over forty years. As they enter their ninth decade of life, they find that things that were important in their youth don't matter so much anymore. They limit their talk on aches and pains and try to focus on friendship, family, the future, and of course aging. Over the course of sixteen stories listeners are treated to humor, heartbreak, resourcefulness, and grim determination as these women try to avoid assisted living, figure out how to travel, and brainstorm ways to keep the whole gang together. Ladies' Lunch is narrated by Callie Beaulieu, who effuses the ladies' advanced ages and voices with wisdom, humor, and grace. Segal brilliantly showcases both incredible sharpness and wisdom in characters that sometimes forget names and misplace medications; with a perspective that younger writers can't easily imitate. Some stories shine much more than others, but seniors especially will relate and identify with the struggles of aging gracefully.… (lisätietoja)
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ecataldi | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 27, 2023 |
This is the first I have read of Lore Segal’s writing, but it will not be the last. Her prose is deceptively simple but shows intricate emotions and subtle humor. Ladies’ Lunch is a group of short stories about a small group of elderly women who meet regularly for lunch, rotating between their homes. Their physical and emotional difficulties are frequent fodder, but also discussed are their personal histories, entwined in surprising ways, and gossip about other people and situations. Lore Segal is a magnificent writer, master of minimalist prose with shrouded sophisticated content. The artful humor woven through her words is inspired. At 95 years old, her art form is stunning. What will she gift us with next?
Thank you to NetGalley and Melville House for this ARC.
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Shookie | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 15, 2023 |
Lore Segal is not a writer I'd heard of before - for anyone in the same camp, she's a 95 year old stalwart writer of the New Yorker, has written several novels and short story collections and has won numerous accolades (including being a Pulitzer finalist). Most of these stories have already been published either in the New Yorker or in another anthology, so if you're already familiar with Segal's work this collection may disappoint, but for a newbie like me it was terrific.

The first half of the book, and my favourite, was Ladies Lunch, a collection of interconnected stories about a group of sharp and spiky nonagenarian friends who have been lunching together for 40 years. It's not often that fiction is told (or written) from the perspective of someone in this age bracket so it felt original and poignant, particularly the story about one of the ladies being moved against her wishes by her children to a nursing home far from where her friends could visit. The second half was a collection of individual stories, the best of which was Making Good, a story about a week-long bridge-building class between New York Jews who had experienced the Holocaust and some younger people from Vienna, which was awkward and funny and thought provoking all at the same time.

I really enjoyed this book. Segal is a Viennese Jew who was part of the Kindertransport rescue mission to England in 1938 after Hitler annexed Austria, and has lived in New York City since 1951. The Holocaust is referenced in conversations and memories in many of the stories in this book, and although never handled with disrespect, Segal is clearly a great wit and woman not to be messed with. I adored the sass that was evident throughout each story - I'm sure she's quite a lady in the flesh.

4.5 stars - how much fun Lore Segal would be to lunch with.
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AlisonY | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 5, 2023 |



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