In the ACT


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$18.95  $17.62
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Ingalls (1940-2019) was born in Boston and lived in the UK from 1965 until her death. She wrote the novels Mrs. Caliban and Binstead's Safari as well as numerous novellas and short stories.


Ingalls writes fables whose unadorned sentences belie their irreducible strangeness. In her grim yet playful fashion, Ingalls is concerned with the rules and conventions by which societies are organized, the violent machinations by which they are maintained. Like a good tragedian, she tends to heap up corpses at the end of her tales, and even in her quieter examinations of familial bonds she leaves readers to wonder, of her spouses and siblings, who might push whom off a cliff.--Lidija Haas "The New Yorker"
Some writers make me laugh out loud; Rachel Ingalls makes me cackle.--Ed Park "Village Voice"
Her best stories remain freshly startling.--Joy Williams
Ingalls artfully weaves B-movie kitsch into the already eerie afternoons of airless domesticity. In her work, sexual desire often crawls onto the bare shores of women's lives -- a friendly alien, if you can get past its unusual guises.--Audrey Wollen "The New York Times"
Witty, darkly comedic...No one straddles the line between playful and macabre quite like Ingalls.--Sophia Stewart "The Millions"
Much of Ingalls' fiction deals with the depressive realities of marriage and the frightening disregard, ambivalence or pure hatred husbands have for wives. In the Act is a funny story, well in line with the rest of the author's vision.--Jessica Ferri "Los Angeles Times"