The Last Lovely City Criticism

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Adams wrote both novels and short stories, but her short stories have received more critical praise. Readers and critics alike admire her technique and her dedication to the craft of writing short fiction. In a review of The Last Lovely City, Rita D. Jacobs of World Literature Today applauds Adams's accomplishment in the short-story genre:

There are certain writers whose short stories exemplify the kind of perfection that theorists and critics extol. Alice Adams's stories frequently achieve the deftly limited but fully realized character, the complication quickly described, and the denouement which offers insight or a catch in the throat.

Also praising The Last Lovely City, Donna Seaman of Booklist observes that Adams's skill at describing personal interactions and revelations is evident in each well-crafted tale. She adds that each story, "including the haunting title story, revolves around the impossibility of escaping the past."

Because most of her...

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