The Condor Passes

Shirley Ann Grau


I felt reading this book was a duty rather than a pleasure. It felt very old-fashioned to me, but I had heard of it and felt I should check it out. It was only $1.99, so what did I have to lose? It held my interest, but the story of a multi-generational family in New Orleans didn’t seem fresh or innovative to me. In fact the only character I was really interested in reading about was the black factotum.

This story may have been new and exciting in 1971, but it reads like warmed-over grits today. The writing is excellent, but the story is tired.


Nine Women

Shirley Ann Grau


Whether it is only a matter of hours, as a women says goodbye to her summer friends, or a long life, these stories of nine women from all walks of life in New Orleans, will captivate you. Shirley Ann Grau’s deft writing and deep insight into a woman’s mind and heart make for captivating reading. Nine little gems collected into one book, these stories are well worth your time.