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Basic Black with Pearls (Weinzweig) NYRB

by Helen Weinzweig
New York Review of Books

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Pub Date: 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156 pp.
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 inches

ISBN: 9781681372167
TB Code: 1911327
Availability: 127 in stock

Shirley and Coenraad’s affair has been going on for decades, but her longing for him is as desperate as ever. She is a Toronto housewife; he works for an international organization known only as the Agency. Their rendezvous take place in Tangier, in Hong Kong, in Rome and are arranged by an intricate code based on notes slipped into issues of National Geographic. He recognizes her by her costume: a respectable black dress and string of pearls; his appearance, however, is changeable. But something has happened, the code has been discovered, and Coenraad sends Shirley (who prefers to be known as “Lola Montez”) to Toronto, the last place she wants to go. There the trail leads her through the sites of her impoverished immigrant childhood and sends her, finally, to her own house, where she discards her pearls and trades in her basic black for a dress of vibrant multicolored silk.