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Nothing That Meets the Eye
From the author of Strangers on a Train, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and other novels, comes today's selected story. Any number of the stories that appear in Highsmith's uncollected works, Nothing That Meets the Eye, could be here. Highsmith is a master story-writer, and it is a current shame that this collection hasn't yet won a major award.
"The Still Point of the Turning World" is the story of two mothers who are strangers to each other and who bring their children to play at a park; the story follows the plot imagined by one mother about the other. Highsmith takes a common situation and makes of it a masterpiece of assumption and despair.
by Patricia Highsmith
(somewhere between 1938 and 1949)