London: Chatto & Windus, 2003. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2271603
First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy.
279 pp. "Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their childhood fears and memories and the strange thing they saw -- or thought they saw -- so long ago. A distinguished male obstetrician and a young woman artist meet in a hospital. But both of them have very different ideas about body parts, birth and death. An innocent member of an evening class turns out to have her own decided views on how to use "raw material." These unforgettable stories are by turns haunting, funny, sparkling, and scary where Byatt adds a deliciously dark note to her skill in mixing folk and fairy tales with everyday life."