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Everybody Loves Somebody

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Publisher Comments:

From an ardently admired, award-winning writer — captivating new stories of love lost and regained. In her first book of short fiction since Various Antidotes, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Joanna Scott offers a group of tales that compellingly demonstrate her special gift for capturing the breathtaking tension found even in life's quietest moments.

At the seaside wedding of two lovers kept apart by the caprices of fate, a doting uncle observes the happy couple while his errant brother — the father of the bride — struggles to free himself from a locked bathroom across town. A young woman arrives in Jazz Age New York with stars in her eyes and only a few coins in her pocket, but when she strikes up an unlikely relationship with her boss at Woolworth's, she is confronted with the unsettling reality of her situation.

A bright businessman is content with the spoils of a prosperous young career, until his car breaks down in a country town, upsetting his entire view. These are among the lives that Joanna Scott luminously and indelibly conjures in Everybody Loves Somebody.

Review:

"From the formidable imagination of Scott (Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Manikin, etc.) comes a collection of 10 stories that stalk across the 20th century to document love and its consequences. In 'Heaven and Hell,' a bride and groom seal their vows with a lengthy kiss after he returns home, blind, from WWI. 'The Lucite Cane' sees an elderly man navigating a slew of literal and metaphorical modern-day hazards in June 2000. A young Harlem mother abandons her daughter to join a cultlike church in 'The Queen of Sheba Is Afraid of Snow.' The teenage grifter at the center of 'Or Else' travels from New York to Europe and steals from her benefactor. In the title story, a New York advertising executive sent upstate to finalize a contract encounters trouble on his drive home to his wife and baby. Although the characters struggle differently, they are almost all observed by a Paul Bowles -style godless eye-in-the-sky that lays bare human frailty with almost unbearable acuity; the two first-person stories, 'Yip' and 'Across from the Shannonso,' don't convey the same gravitas. But Scott's craft can be breathtaking — and her perceptions uncanny." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"From the formidable imagination of Scott (Pulitzer Prize — finalist The Manikin, etc.) comes a collection of 10 stories that stalk across the 20th century to document love and its consequences. In 'Heaven and Hell,' a bride and groom seal their vows with a lengthy kiss after he returns home, blind, from WWI. 'The Lucite Cane' sees an elderly man navigating a slew of literal and metaphorical modern-day hazards in June 2000. A young Harlem mother abandons her daughter to join a cultlike church in 'The Queen of Sheba Is Afraid of Snow.' The teenage grifter at the center of 'Or Else' travels from New York to Europe and steals from her benefactor. In the title story, a New York advertising executive sent upstate to finalize a contract encounters trouble on his drive home to his wife and baby. Although the characters struggle differently, they are almost all observed by a Paul Bowles — style godless eye-in-the-sky that lays bare human frailty with almost unbearable acuity; the two first-person stories, 'Yip' and 'Across from the Shannonso,' don't convey the same gravitas. But Scott's craft can be breathtaking — and her perceptions uncanny." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Everybody Loves Somebody' will make the perfect gift for discerning young women of a literary bent. Its cover is aesthetically beautiful, and almost every sentence here is beautifully crafted, lapidary, exquisite to behold. Taken together these stories are overwhelmingly melancholy. But that's not necessarily a disadvantage — discerning young literary women are a fairly melancholy bunch.

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Each of these quietly well-crafted stories takes the reader to a place or an emotion that is palpable and enlightening. And each one will leave a lasting impression." Elizabeth Dickie, Booklist

Review:

"Scott serves up a haunting collection of characters all searching for human connections in their lives." Library Journal

Review:

"One of America's most underrated, important writers, Scott gets better with every book. A must-read." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In Scott's off-kilter tales, life is governed by chance, we are less logical than we think, and the world is full of mystery." (Grade: A-) Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Joanna Scott's unparalleled gift for storytelling has inspired hyperbole from critics and her devoted fanbase, which includes some of the most preeminent writers of our time. But not since Various Antidotes, a finalist for the PEN/FaulknerAward, has she turned her talents toward short stories. At the seaside wedding of two lovers kept apart by the caprices of fate, a doting uncle looks on while his errant brother, father of the bride,struggles to free himself from a locked bathroom across town. A young woman arrives in Jazz Age New York with stars in her eyes and a few coins in her pocket and after a string of failed jobs, she thinks she's found salvation in a romance with her boss at a local greasy spoon but learns that her idea of herself and others'ideas of her are quite different. A bright business man seems content with all the trappings his good fortune affords, until a flat tire and a chance encounter with a couple of mechanics in the country upsets his entire view. Here Joanna Scott offers a group of tales that celebrate her acknowledged sense of character, plot and her gift for capturing the breathtaking tension even in life's quietest moments.

About the Author

Joanna Scott is the author of seven books of fiction, including the novels Tourmaline and Arrogance, and the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning story collection Various Antidotes. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Award, and lives with her family in Rochester, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316013451
Author:
Scott, Joanna
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Love stories, American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.26x6.50x.73 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316013451 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the formidable imagination of Scott (Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Manikin, etc.) comes a collection of 10 stories that stalk across the 20th century to document love and its consequences. In 'Heaven and Hell,' a bride and groom seal their vows with a lengthy kiss after he returns home, blind, from WWI. 'The Lucite Cane' sees an elderly man navigating a slew of literal and metaphorical modern-day hazards in June 2000. A young Harlem mother abandons her daughter to join a cultlike church in 'The Queen of Sheba Is Afraid of Snow.' The teenage grifter at the center of 'Or Else' travels from New York to Europe and steals from her benefactor. In the title story, a New York advertising executive sent upstate to finalize a contract encounters trouble on his drive home to his wife and baby. Although the characters struggle differently, they are almost all observed by a Paul Bowles -style godless eye-in-the-sky that lays bare human frailty with almost unbearable acuity; the two first-person stories, 'Yip' and 'Across from the Shannonso,' don't convey the same gravitas. But Scott's craft can be breathtaking — and her perceptions uncanny." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the formidable imagination of Scott (Pulitzer Prize — finalist The Manikin, etc.) comes a collection of 10 stories that stalk across the 20th century to document love and its consequences. In 'Heaven and Hell,' a bride and groom seal their vows with a lengthy kiss after he returns home, blind, from WWI. 'The Lucite Cane' sees an elderly man navigating a slew of literal and metaphorical modern-day hazards in June 2000. A young Harlem mother abandons her daughter to join a cultlike church in 'The Queen of Sheba Is Afraid of Snow.' The teenage grifter at the center of 'Or Else' travels from New York to Europe and steals from her benefactor. In the title story, a New York advertising executive sent upstate to finalize a contract encounters trouble on his drive home to his wife and baby. Although the characters struggle differently, they are almost all observed by a Paul Bowles — style godless eye-in-the-sky that lays bare human frailty with almost unbearable acuity; the two first-person stories, 'Yip' and 'Across from the Shannonso,' don't convey the same gravitas. But Scott's craft can be breathtaking — and her perceptions uncanny." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Each of these quietly well-crafted stories takes the reader to a place or an emotion that is palpable and enlightening. And each one will leave a lasting impression."
"Review" by , "Scott serves up a haunting collection of characters all searching for human connections in their lives."
"Review" by , "One of America's most underrated, important writers, Scott gets better with every book. A must-read."
"Review" by , "In Scott's off-kilter tales, life is governed by chance, we are less logical than we think, and the world is full of mystery." (Grade: A-)
"Synopsis" by , Joanna Scott's unparalleled gift for storytelling has inspired hyperbole from critics and her devoted fanbase, which includes some of the most preeminent writers of our time. But not since Various Antidotes, a finalist for the PEN/FaulknerAward, has she turned her talents toward short stories. At the seaside wedding of two lovers kept apart by the caprices of fate, a doting uncle looks on while his errant brother, father of the bride,struggles to free himself from a locked bathroom across town. A young woman arrives in Jazz Age New York with stars in her eyes and a few coins in her pocket and after a string of failed jobs, she thinks she's found salvation in a romance with her boss at a local greasy spoon but learns that her idea of herself and others'ideas of her are quite different. A bright business man seems content with all the trappings his good fortune affords, until a flat tire and a chance encounter with a couple of mechanics in the country upsets his entire view. Here Joanna Scott offers a group of tales that celebrate her acknowledged sense of character, plot and her gift for capturing the breathtaking tension even in life's quietest moments.
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