(urth) This Week in Google Alerts: _Home Fires_, 1982 roundtable

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Jun 5 10:53:23 PDT 2013

This is a perceptive summary of a plot that did not seem so plain on first reading:

. . . The important thing here is that Chelle is at risk and Skip morphs into 
an adventure hero to save her, at one point leaping over a railing, 
firing a submachine gun into a group of hijackers. This behavior 
surprises him, but it gratifies him too because it changes his image of 

Between the third-person point of view, Wolfe 
intersperses Skip’s (and later Chelle’s) first-person meditations. From 
the first page, Skip has worried that he is an old man. Chelle’s 
original plan was that she would return to a rich contracto, and he 
would get a beautiful young contracta. The plan has worked but isn’t 
satisfying either of them. Skip is wealthy, but Chelle is uncomfortable 
about how he makes his money. Chelle is still beautiful to Skip, but she
 sees herself as damaged. Because she has the thoughts and impulses of 
another woman, she also worries that she is mentally ill. . . .
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