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Wondrous Women

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Anyone she touched at the party that night would remain eternally in her power, she thought, smiling at herself in the mirror..."... From "The Red Fox Fur Coat" by Teolinda Gerṣo

Strong female protagonists grace this collection celebrating women in all their incarnations, young and old: mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, lovers, widows ... and a 70-year-old nun.

Teolinda Gerṣo's "The Red Fox Fur Coat"
translated by Margaret Jull Costa
performed by Kathleen Chalfant
A woman splurges on an irresistible coat that "becomes" her.

Kim Edwards' "The Story of My Life"
performed by Holly Hunter
A teenager who has grown up as her activist mother's poster-child realizes the strength of her own convictions.

Allan Gurganus' "It Had Wings"
performed by Marian Seldes
An angel lands in a widow's backyard.

Richard Russo's "The Whore's Child"
performed by Harold Gould
A nun's unusual life story becomes the focus of the writing class she signs up for.

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David Haynes' "Taking Miss Kezee to the Polls"
performed by Michael Genet
A young Election Day volunteer gets more than he bargained for when he drives a feisty old voter to the polls.

D.H. Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"
performed by Jon DeVries
A young peasant woman saved from drowning is suddenly drawn to her rescuer, hopeful about her life.

"A 'wondrous woman' is foxy, resilient, stubborn and a bit magical...This touching and hilarious collection of well-crafted tales is beautifully rendered by its performers." - Publishers Weekly's starred review

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