The Garden Party

The Garden Party and Other Stories

Why does this collection of short stories is considered to be one of her central works?

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This collection of stories epitomizes Mansfield's insight into the world's simple things.... the small details we don't generally pay attention to. Opinion is divided as to whether the stories are too open ended or more purposeful in the way they capture the imagination. None-the-less, the collection is a top notch display of descriptive langauge. Mansfield take us to places we've never been and makes us believe we've been there.