Seven extraordinary stories from bestselling author Mary McCarthy that carry readers from the heartbreaking core of a broken family to the tourist sites of Italy and into the contemplative mind of a potential murderess
Best known for her acclaimed and provocative novels, including The Group and Cannibals and Missionaries, author Mary McCarthy also won praise for her brilliant short fiction. Cast a Cold Eye offers readers seven unforgettable tales from the pen of a true American literary master. A deft satirist with an unflinching eye, McCarthy dissects social mores and challenges cultural taboos, whether she’s exploring the tragic disappearance of love or discovering the staggering price of a friendship.
These stories run the gamut from pure invention to striking autobiographical pieces, powerful remembrances from the author’s past. A hospitalized graduate student turns the sounds of pain and despair into music. A family is tragically taken apart and reformed by a deadly outbreak of influenza. Two American tourists find themselves seriously befuddled by their unorthodox Italian guide.
With Cast a Cold Eye, Mary McCarthy confirms her standing as a storyteller of power and imagination, shattering social pretense, mining the rich territory of memory, and grandly displaying the insight and rapier wit for which she is known.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author’s estate.