Thirty six stories eight appearing in a book for the first time and a generous selection from her earlier collections give us Ann Beattie at stunning mid career Emotionally complex, edgy, and funny, the stories encompass a huge range of tone and feeling The wife of a couple who have lost a child comforts her husband with an amazing act of tenderness A man who s beThirty six stories eight appearing in a book for the first time and a generous selection from her earlier collections give us Ann Beattie at stunning mid career Emotionally complex, edgy, and funny, the stories encompass a huge range of tone and feeling The wife of a couple who have lost a child comforts her husband with an amazing act of tenderness A man who s been shifting from place to place, always finding the same kind of people sometimes the same people in various configurations tries to locate himself in the universe An intricate dance of adultery brings down a marriage A housekeeper experiences a startling epiphany while looking into her freezer one hot summer night The long, humorous roll of a couple s four night fight finally explodes into happiness.
Park City New and Selected Stories Thirty six stories eight appearing in a book for the first time and a generous selection from her earlier collections give us Ann Beattie at stunning mid career Emotionally complex edgy and funny t
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This is a collection worth investing in. I too return to these stories. All of them are so dense and satisfying. There is always something going on in the subtext making them like puzzles to figure out. Although the material can be dark, the experience of reading this book is enjoyable. Very lovely.
It seems like modern literary writers tend to congregate for the most part around university campuses and New York City. Their works are admired by the publishers of New Yorker, and perhaps in such magazines, that's where their work belongs. There isn't a whole lot to like about Ann Beattie's work. It's passable. It's mediocre. Nothing is really at stake because for the most part, the participants in her stories live a fairly comfortable life where the worst problems can potentially be resolved [...]
Overall, this is a strong collection. Perhaps it’s best for studying Beattie. Some are dynamite, others I had to keep flipping back and forth to keep all the details straight, and some I ended up tuning out. There are some that are maybe similar enough to others that I would have just omitted them from the book and made it a little less unwieldy as a whole. Just me though probably on that.
This collection of 38 stories, eight of them new, is sort of my Midnight Cowboy in print: dark, elucidating, sad, sorry, wry, gloriously detailed, ironic, and timeless, despite the fact that I'm older and can fully "relate" to time and character and quandary.When Beattie hits it hard - and most of these stories do resonate - I found myself remembering what I'd read already and how her parents and lovers and children inhabit a far reach in my mind.Beattie is a consummate writer, I think, when she [...]
I had never read anything by Ann Beattie before this book and my decision to pick it up was brought about by an interview I read with her in The Paris Review. She really intrigued me as a writer; however I'm not sure this was the best book to begin with. One of the cover blurbs compared it to a Miles Davis boxed set and I think that's appropriate, both in terms of scope and breadth as well as not a great way to get introduced to a writer or a musician. The book contained selections from many of [...]
Beattie is a literary giant! This book pulls together her best stories from countless collections. Beattie helped redefine the short story, along with Ray Carver, Mary Robison, and Amy Hempel. These are stories about mostly well to do New Yorkers struggling to define their relationships to friends and family. Beattie did a lot for the gay community in writing such monuments as "The Burning House" and "The Cinderella Waltz". Side note: David Leavitt is known as the first writer to get a story who [...]
Possibly the best of minimalism I've encountered, aside from Raymond Carver. The most engaging part of Beattie's work is her rendering of place, which she carries out in this controlled, reigned-in prose. Her characters have embraced void, and make you believe completely that they have done so. My favorite short story is about a blue bowl. It's one of the most beautifully written short stories I have ever read.
I'd picked this up because Ann Beattie's name is always tossed around with Tobias Wolff's and Raymond Carver's when the "short story renaissance of the eighties" is invoked, but I found myself unable to finish a single story. I'm not sure whyme thing happened when I tried to read Anne Tyler once. I don't know. Stories with "Vermont" and "Colorado" for titles. I just can't.
My first exposure to Ann Beattie's short stories. Real and sometimes raw slices of life. With the humor and pathos that comes with them. I read in order of release rather than the order in the collection. It seems you can sense the author's confidence growing with the years, so the newest in the collection have a brio that might be lacking in the earlier works.
I broke off my reading of this long, almost 500 page collection of short stories, several times to read other things, but I always wanted to go back and finish. I'm glad I did. They are wonderful, realistic, long enough to be affecting, well-crafted.
Interesting sweep of her trajectory as a short story writer. As a fan, I loved seeing the voice of the stories grow in confidence as the selections got more recent.
Good book, but took me a long time to read!
I just don't get why people like her. Random dull thoughts strung together on paper do not make a story (no matter how ordinary and depressing).
Masterfully written short stories. The themes are really depressing-- divorce, hospitalization, infidelity, etc. it was a little overwhelming to read one after the other.
Brilliant, funny, ironic, iconic.
Beautiful collection! These are some of the best short stories written from the 1970s to the 1990s. A good collection for readers who want to fall in love with Ann Beattie.
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