Angela Huth (1938 ….)

The Weighing Up

I’m working my way through The Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories, edited by Susan Hill (1991).  I’ve been thinking about whether these stories still seem modern in 2017.  Some feel dated because of their era and setting, some feel dated because of the themes, but others have stood the test of time and, sadly, this one is one of those…. but the question is, who really has the upper hand, Jeremy or Avril.  On the surface it appears that Jeremy is having his cake and eating it, but there’s a sense that Avril is in control of everything but her weight. Whatever else it is, this story leaves the reader wondering.

Angela Huth is best known for her novel Land Girls (1995) which was made into a film.