Sunday, December 5, 2010
Featured: Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis, Hardcover (out of print)
"Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon.com) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance."
“Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A body of work probably unique in American writing . . . I suspect that The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis will in time be seen as one of the great, strange American literary contributions.” —James Wood, The New Yorker
“Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more.” —JONATHAN FRANZEN
“Lydia Davis is one of the best writers in America. . . . She is the funniest writer I know."—Vince Passaro, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Magnificent . . . Davis has made one of the great books in recent literature, equal parts horse sense and heartache.”—Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books
“All who know [Davis’s] work probably remember their first time reading it . . . Blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.” —DAVE EGGERS, McSweeney’s
“Sharp, deft, ironic, understated, and consistently surprising.” —JOYCE CAROL OATES
“The best prose stylist in America.” —RICK MOODY
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE
A LOS ANGELES TIMES FICTION FAVORITE FOR 2009
A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF 2009
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