Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense

Troubled Daughters Twisted Wives Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense Fourteen chilling tales from the pioneering women who created the domestic suspense genre Murderous wives deranged husbands deceitful children and vengeful friends Few know these characters and the

  • Title: Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense
  • Author: Sarah Weinman
  • ISBN: 9780143122548
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fourteen chilling tales from the pioneering women who created the domestic suspense genre Murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children, and vengeful friends Few know these characters and their creators better than Sarah Weinman One of today s preeminent authorities on crime fiction, Weinman asks Where would bestselling authors like Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton,Fourteen chilling tales from the pioneering women who created the domestic suspense genre Murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children, and vengeful friends Few know these characters and their creators better than Sarah Weinman One of today s preeminent authorities on crime fiction, Weinman asks Where would bestselling authors like Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, or Tana French be without the women writers who came before them In Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, Weinman brings together fourteen hair raising tales by women who from the 1940s through the mid 1970s took a scalpel to contemporary society and sliced away to reveal its dark essence Lovers of crime fiction from any era will welcome this deliciously dark tribute to a largely forgotten generation of women writers.

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    1. This is one of the books that got me through last week. (The other is Ellen Forney's graphic novel Marbles, which I haven't had the guts to review yet because what do I say? Thank you for saving my life when you didn't even know me?)Anyway. I happened to have this collection from the library, and I opened it up and dove in. It was such a relief to read something that wasn't work-related, or even -related. It wasn't going to push me into wild-eyed research mode. It was just a good book and I was [...]

    2. The introduction is terrific, with interesting facts and connections about mystery and pulp and who gets remembered. Highsmith and Shirley Jackson stories are, not surprisingly, amazing, but there are many good ones here. My favorite was The Stranger in the Car by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. It's the longest one in the collection, and I've come to feel that novella length stories are ideal.

    3. For my money, one of the hardest things to write is a mystery / crime short story that combines a measure of literary quality and a suspenseful plot. I like my genre fiction to make entertaining use of the conventions and to do it with an engaging style and nuanced vision of the world. Is that asking too much? In my reading experience, the answer too often is, yes. But I'm happy to report that these stories, for the most part, fulfilled my (overly demanding?) expectations, and then some. Aside f [...]

    4. A very good anthology of classic crime stories -- there's only one weak item in the bunch -- marred by somewhat sloppy preparation of the editorial apparatus.The great joys here are the two novellas by two favorite authors of mine, Vera Caspary and the nowadays woefully neglected Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. The former is a beautifully constructed mystery piece and the latter one of those domestic satires/crime stories at which Holding so excelled, complete with that delicious trademark wryness. An [...]

    5. An engrossing collection of stories collected by Sarah Weinman, all of which feature strong women in noir fiction and the subgenre "domestic suspense" and pretty much all of which are from obviously talented and previously successful authors who have since been forgotten or written off as "women's writers." Yes there's the standout big guns, Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson, opening the collection but beyond that if you're not a specialist in the field you may be hard pressed to recognise [...]

    6. Some of the stories in this collection will keep you awake at night. From the golden age of noir and pulp fiction, these stories are often written by writers you would expect to be writing pulp, but they did.Like noir everywhere and everywhen, these stories have twists that delight and frighten, often in the same story. "Everybody Needs A Mink" by Dorothy B. Hughes is the story of a housewife and mother out shopping when she passes a fur salon (yes, high end stores still have fur salons). She's [...]

    7. Such an interesting short story compilation. I have to say though that out of 14 stories I really only loved 6, that doesn't mean however, that it wasn't worth reading. I enjoy short stories because they make you stop an think, which is something I did a lot of, and anything that makes me think is worth the read.-------------------------------------------------------------------------12/30/13OK, months after I've finished this short story collection I'm still thinking about it. I'm also looking [...]

    8. What I said: "TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES proves that women were writing smart, dark, twisty tales long before anyone thought to label their work a sub-genre, and often by subverting gendered cultural expectations. Sarah Weinman serves as an expert curator to this wonderful collection, providing a coherent narrative tying these trailblazing stories to one another and to a new wave of female-led psychological suspense. This is a must-read for crime fiction fans."

    9. Natsuo Kirino, Vera Caspary, and films like the delightfully sordid Leave Her to Heaven have converted me to the genre of female noir, so I had to have the anthology Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives when it came out. In her introduction, Sarah Weinman makes a good enough case for these foremothers of what she calls "domestic suspense" paved the way for contemporary thriller writers, such as Gillian Flynn.I did wonder if "domestic" has to mean so white and middle-class, and would've have appreci [...]

    10. “The Heroine” rocks. It’s a Patricia Highsmith gem—dark and warped. There’s a genuine shudder at the end. It’s pure Highsmith, so matter-of fact. An odd au pair with her own odd ideas about how best to demonstrate her worth. “No lights shone at any of the windows, but if they had, Lucille would not have been deterred. She would not have been deterred had Mr. Christiansen himself been standing there by the fountain, for probably she would not have seen him. And if she had, was she n [...]

    11. I generally refuse books from publishers if they are not historical fiction, but I was intrigued by this collection for a number of reasons. First, I’m falling in love again with short stories. To paraphrase Edgar Allan Poe, it is best to read a story in a single sitting. In my increasingly busy life, I have a new appreciation for fiction that allows me to do this. Also, each story is selected and introduced by editor Sarah Weinman, who has an excellent Twitter account (@SarahW) dealing mostly [...]

    12. Love this title. A wonderful title for a wonderful collection of stories. Reading them felt like a home-coming for me. Not that I had read any of them before (except “The People Across The Canyon”. Pretty sure I’d read that before.) — but because these are the kind of short stories I grew up reading. The kind I want to write.You read for the story but you know the characters completely; the way they speak, think, how much money they have, live. It’s all there, right away, without lots [...]

    13. TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES: DOMESTIC SUSPENSE REDUX My September Column at BookslutSarah Weinman, crime fiction connoisseur and editor of the essential new anthology Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, is admirably doing her utmost to revive, restore, and reinvent the once highly-popular thriller subgenre of Domestic Suspense.Primarily written by women, this fiction penetrates the veneer of familial serenity to the dark side of homelife, [...]

    14. This post is dedicated to readers and writers of mystery and crime fiction, of which I know a few. Sarah Weinman, queen of mystery and crime fiction reviews, has done a great thing. In this collection of stories, subtitled Stories From the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, she has revived female writers of such stories from the middle third of the 20th century. These women laid the groundwork for Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Tana French, and many more.I do not generally enjoy short fiction. I am [...]

    15. This is a marvelous little collection of short works, ranging from near-novella to quite short, written by women, and published from the 1940s to the mid1970s, before the foundation of Sisters in Crime about a decade later. Editor Sarah Weinman has selected primarily writers whose reputation has not endured, and especially those who worked mostly or wholly in short fiction. The two exception to this rule are Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson; but their works here are significantly different [...]

    16. TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES. (2013). Sarah Weinman (ed.) ****.This is a fine collection of short stories written by women dealing with – typically – domestic suspense. The authors are primarily from the 1940s to the 1970s and represent a cross section of subjects and styles. Many of them are well-known to me, including Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and Margaret Millar. Some were unknown to me, as Nedra Tyre and Celia Fremlin. This is likely because I am not a devoted fan of the [...]

    17. Interesting collection. As is usually the case with short stories, I liked some more than others but none of these were particularly weak.Some of these authors I had not heard of before so I appreciated the introduction page before each story. It was a concise way of letting the reader know what each author had written.

    18. As always seems to happen with short story collections, I loved some of these while others didn't speak to me at all. Overall, though, there are some resonant scenes in this collection, even in those stories I didn't really understand, plotwise. I found the most effective stories were the shortest. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence.Each short story is prefaced by a page or two about the author who wrote it. I read these after reading the stories, because they seemed more relevant to me that [...]

    19. This is a collection of stories edited by Sarah Weinman and written by the first female mystery authors writing for the pulp magazines from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s. Usually anthologies are a mixed bag, where a successful collection holds a few memorable gems and not to many lackluster entries. Here, every story has been carefully chosen and is the best of a very good author's output. Some of the authors included are Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Vera Caspary and Dorothy B. Hughes [...]

    20. I confess to having a soft spot for mysteries, short stories, and re-discovering “forgotten” authors, and this collection hits all three. Each short story is preceded by a small biographical sketch of the author, which was wonderful as it has inspired me to go find more works by these talented women. Most of the stories here lean towards thriller, a couple true “whodunit”, and one that is more supernatural in nature - though certainly spooky in its own right. These were fun, easy reads, [...]

    21. It's always so hard to rate an anthology with multiple writers, but I'm definitely glad I read this. The introduction alone was worth picking it up. My two favorite stories were The Heroine by Patricia Highsmith and The People Across the Canyon by Margaret Millar. It's really sad how much good work by women and other oppressed groups gets lost over the years. We have a legacy, people! Please stop systematically destroying it :(

    22. Well, this was fun! If you like film noir of the 1940s and 1950s, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and that sort of thing, READ THIS. You will certainly enjoy it. All of the stories were good, but the ones by Shirley Jackson and Nedra Tyre stood out. I feel like the Vera Caspary one might have been the basis for a film, but I guess they would have mentioned that.

    23. An excellent collection of short stories/novellas from female authors who led the way in psychological crime writing. Featuring such greats as Patricia Highsmith, Vera Caspary, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Millar and other female authors who deserve more recognition than they get. This is a great collection and must read for anyone who loves great crime novels.

    24. As a big fan of contemporary female mystery writers, I found this collection very entertaining. It was interesting to see that people were writing the same types of stories decades ago. There were quite a few authors that I plan to find more to read from.

    25. I read this anthology of women's crime fiction in December, 2013. I revisited the review because editor Sarah Weiman has recently edited a two volume set of "Women Crime Writers" from the 1940's and 1950's in the Library of America. My review of "Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives" follows.I have become increasingly interested in noir fiction and took the opportunity to read this new anthology "Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense" (2013) when I fo [...]

    26. 4.5 starsLet me just say, I love this book. I can’t say it’s my usual genre. I’ve read exactly one female-oriented murder mystery since junior high, and I didn’t like it. But, being a supporter of women writers everywhere, I felt obliged to read this one. I could not have been more delightfully rewarded. The book grabbed me from the first story, which was so deliciously twisted I could not stop reading. The collection’s editor, Sarah Weinman, could not have chosen a more gripping start [...]

    27. Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, is a collection of short stories from the trailblazers of domestic suspense. The book features fourteen chilling tales of suspense that will make your spine tingle. Featuring female authors from the 1940s through the 1970s, these are the woman who paved the wave for today’s female author’s of crime fiction and suspense. Mini review: Twisted, dark, and a delicious sampling of authors.Sarah Weinman is the editor of this unique collection, and she chose a uniq [...]

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