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.

ABOUT Mary McCarthy


    Mary McCarthy (1912–1989) was an American literary critic and author of more than two dozen books including the 1963 New York Times bestseller The Group. Born in Seattle, McCarthy studied at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated in 1933. After moving to New York City, McCarthy became known for her incisive writing as a contributor to publications such as the Nation, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps (1942), initiated her ascent to become one of the most celebrated writers of her generation, a reputation bolstered by the publication of her autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in 1957, as well as that of her now-classic novel The Group.

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