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(The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Tennessee Williams Short Story, also fiction by Jo Nesbø, Christopher Yates and Eli Cranor and an exclusive interview with Shari Lapena)

It’s no secret that Williams loved Italy and had a great affinity for the Italian people. In 1952, while in Rome, he wrote an excellent story reflective of changes he had witnessed in his beloved city following the Second World War. “The Summer Woman,” published for the first time here in The Strand, tells the tale of a seemingly respectable professor on his yearly summer vacation in post-war Italy as it is still waking up from the nightmares of Mussolini and wartime occupation. With a few broad strokes, Williams evokes the beauty of the country and the genuine friendliness of its people, while masterfully drawing clear parallels between the American protagonist’s seasonal relationship with an Italian prostitute and U.S. entanglements overseas—both rife with conflict, resentment, and disillusionment.

From Italy, we go to Norway with a mesmerizing narrative of dubious honesty by the great Nordic noir master Jo Nesbø “The Confession”. Returning to more traditional whodunnit terrain, Mike Adamson has Holmes and Watson chasing purloined photographs and potential scandal in “A Damnation in Negative.” Meanwhile, Christopher Yates has penned an unusual, humorous, culinary excursion with “The Measure of a Man,” exploring family bonds and the standards to which we hold ourselves and others. Last but not least, former pro football player Eli Cranor takes us to the midnight hour and offers us a glimpse of the ghosts that continue to haunt an ex-cop in “Last Chance Power Drive.”

We have an exclusive interview with Shari Lapena, whose spellbinding domestic thrillers have taken the publishing world by storm and won over millions of readers worldwide within a few short years.

We also have the latest on The Strand Critics Awards. Three of the greatest authors working today have been honored with lifetime achievement awards this year: Alexander McCall Smith, whose genial, eccentric, and creative personality is reflected in his wonderful works; Joyce Carol Oates, who for the past thirty years has been the dean of the literary mystery, penning novels and short stories destined to be reread for generations; and the unsurpassed Stephen King, best known for his horror novels, and also beloved for tales like “Quitters, Inc.” and “Umney’s Last Case.”

We have the latest book, audio, and DVD reviews.

The Unpublished Tennessee Williams Short Story was printed by permission of the Georges Borchardt Agency.  The manuscript was found at the Houghton Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For more unpublished works by Tennessee Williams follow these links:

Spring issue of the Strand with the unpublished Tennessee Williams Story “The Eye That Saw Death”
Issue 42: Fiction by Tennessee Williams (“Crazy Night”)

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