A Nurse's Story Criticism

Peter Baida
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Although not widely reviewed in the year of its release, Peter Baida’s collection A Nurse’s Story and Others was very well received by those critics who did review it. As Aoibheann Sweeney notes in the New York Times: “Baida . . . is not a sucker for happy endings. The nine stories in his posthumous collection are about the kinds of characters—nurses, patients, old unionists and old friends—who make mistakes they cannot fix and confront questions they cannot resolve.” Jeff Zaleski of Publishers Weekly concurs with this suggestion that Baida’s stories are open-ended. Zaleski concludes that Baida’s “stories offer no grand epiphanies, no tidy resolutions—but they address complicated issues of loyalty, class, race, ethics and family in a spare, direct style that is insightful and moving.”

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