Books: Winter's Tale

A woman In the Sky by James Hanley 223 pages, Horizon Press $6.95

As if it were a darkened empty stage, A Woman in the Sky begins with voices discussing an unfortunate old lady who jumped out the window of her lonely cell in Totall Point, a drab, new high-rise apartment in London. Gradually the voices become characters. Scenery is sketched in, and the reader eventually learns that the old lady was a Mrs. Kavanagh, a 76-year-old alcoholic with a string of arrests for public drunkenness. The Housing Council relocted Mrs. Kavanagh in totall Point...

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