Ladies’ Lunch: And Oth­er Stories

  • From the Publisher
January 8, 2023

For almost six decades Segal has qui­et­ly pro­duced some of the best fic­tion and essays in Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture…”—The New York Times

Beloved New York­er writer Lore Segal, at 95-years-old, is a nation­al trea­sure. Work­ing at the height of her pow­ers, in this sto­ry col­lec­tion she turns her gim­let eye and com­pas­sion­ate humor on aging and life in the slow lane.

From the mas­ter of the short short comes a col­lec­tion of 16 new sto­ries fea­tur­ing old friends who have loved and lunched togeth­er for over 40 years. These eru­dite, sharp-mind­ed nona­ge­nar­i­ans offer star­tling insights into friend­ship, fam­i­ly and aging.

Can the group orga­nize a vis­it to one of their num­ber in her new, and detest­ed, assist­ed liv­ing sit­u­a­tion? Is this a fab­u­lous par­ty with old friends, or a funer­al recep­tion? And does who was sleep­ing with whom, way back when, still matter?

In sto­ry after sto­ry, Segal’s voice is always hilar­i­ous and urbane, heart­break­ing and pro­found, keen and utter­ly unsen­ti­men­tal, as she tack­les aging’s affronts.

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