Roast Beef, Medium

Roast Beef, Medium : The Business Adventures of Emma McChesney

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The adventures of Emma McChesney: smart, savvy, stylish, divorced mother, and Midwest traveling sales representative for T. A. Buck's Featherloom skirts and petticoats. (UofI's paperback reprint of Ferber's So Big has sold close to 7000 copies!)show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252069455
  • 9780252069451

Table of contents

Roast beef, medium -- Representing T. A. Buck -- Chickens -- His mother's son -- Pink tights and ginghams -- Simply skirts -- Underneath the high-cut vest -- Catching up with Christmas -- Knee-deep in knickers -- In the absence of the more

Review quote

"A brave, fun-loving, human book, the best that Miss Ferber has yet given us." -- New York Times Listed as a "classic return" by Library Journal "Everyone should read Edna Ferber ... and why not start with this engaging tale of a stylish Midwestern traveling saleswoman? Originally published in 1913, this story captures the humor and talent for social observation that characterized Ferber's work." -- Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune Handy brief description for both Roast Beef and Fanny Herself: "Ferber (1887-1968) may have been famous for So Big and Showboat, but these welcome and attractive reissues confirm wider abilities. Roast Beef, Medium is a series of stories (a sucess when first published) featuring Emma McChesney, a robust, savvy, divorced mother and travelling saleswoman for T. A. Buck's Featherloom skirts and petticoats. Emma's adventures, many of them fending off the advances of lustful men, are both optimistic and redolent of the age. Fanny Herself is an honest and surprisingly perceptive account of a young girl growing up ambivalently Jewish in a midwestern town." -- Toronto Globe and Mailshow more

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174 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 28% (49)
4 40% (69)
3 24% (41)
2 6% (11)
1 2% (4)
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