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The Paris Review Book of People with Problems

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Publisher Comments:

The Paris Review asks: who hasn't survived a tax audit, a snowstorm, a break-up, or presided over a murder?

The next addictively clever Paris Review anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome — and instigate — trouble. Throughout these pages you will find men plagued with guilt, women burdened by history, scientists bound by passion, mothers fogged with delusion, and lovers vexed with jealousy. In the theme that encompasses every life, no protagonist — or reader! — is exempt.

Among those to appear:
- Annie Proulx
- Andre Dubus
- Norman Rush
- Charles Baxter
- Wells Tower
- Julie Orringer
- Elizabeth Gilbert
- Ben Okri
- Rick Bass

Review:

"All fiction concerns people with problems — without them, after all, where's the plot? — but the characters in these 17 stories, originally published in the Paris Review between 1974 and 2004, have been dealt particularly bad hands. Some, like the junkie mother in Malinda McCollum's 'The Fifth Wall,' have screwed up their lives pretty thoroughly, while others appear to be merely drifting along, like the therapist in Charles Baxter's 'Westland.' The tone shifts from story to story: Joanna Scott traces the beginnings of a psychoanalyst's obsession with a patient in the neutral language of a case history, while Elizabeth Gilbert continually ups the farcical stakes as she spins a yarn about a violent nightclub owner, his magician daughter and their rabbit. Other contributors include Denis Johnson, Mary Robison, Rick Bass and Norman Rush. Charlie Smith's tale of drunken buddies who hook up with a naked woman on a canoeing trip is the only real misstep, coming off like a parody of stories of rural dysfunction. But this is overall a strong anthology of tales of trouble. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A]n expert collation of professional-managerial angst." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

The next addictively clever Paris Review anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome — and instigate — trouble. Among those to appear are Annie Proulx, Norman Rush, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rick Bass, Andre Dubus, and Julie Orringer.

Synopsis:

The Paris Review asks: who hasnt survived a tax audit, a snowstorm, a break-up, or presided over a murder?

The next addictively clever Paris Review anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome--and instigate--trouble. Throughout these pages you will find men plagued with guilt, women burdened by history, scientists bound by passion, mothers fogged with delusion, and lovers vexed with jealousy. In the theme that encompasses every life, no protagonist--or reader!--is exempt.

Among those to appear:

- Annie Proulx

- Andre Dubus

- Norman Rush

- Charles Baxter

- Wells Tower

- Julie Orringer

- Elizabeth Gilbert

- Ben Okri

- Rick Bass

Synopsis:

"The Paris Review" asks: who hasn't survived a tax audit, a snowstorm, a breakup, or presided over a murder? The next addictively clever "Paris Review" anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome--and instigate--trouble. Contributors include Annie Proulx, Andre Dubus, Norman Rush, and others.

About the Author

The Paris Review has published the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Michael Chabon, and Jack Kerouac, among many others. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2003.

Table of Contents

Introduction...Stephin Merritt
A Borderline Case...Joanna Scott
The Wamsutter Wolf...Annie Proulx
The Dream Vendor's August...Ben Okri
The Brown Coast...Wells Tower
When She Is Old and I Am Famous...Julie Orringer
The Hermit's Story...Rick Bass
Snow...James Lasdun
The Fifth Wall...Malinda McCollum
Instruments of Seduction...Norman Rush
Train Dreams...Denis Johnson
Likely Lake...Mary Robison
Westland...Charles Baxter
Birthmark...Miranda July
Audit...Richard Stern
The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick...Elizabeth Gilbert
Widow Water...Frederick Busch
Crystal River...Charlie Smith
Contributors
Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312422417
Author:
Paris Review
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Editor:
The, Paris Review
Author:
The Paris Review
Author:
The, Paris Review
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Psychological fiction, American
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bilingual
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.16 x 5.7 x 1.035 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "All fiction concerns people with problems — without them, after all, where's the plot? — but the characters in these 17 stories, originally published in the Paris Review between 1974 and 2004, have been dealt particularly bad hands. Some, like the junkie mother in Malinda McCollum's 'The Fifth Wall,' have screwed up their lives pretty thoroughly, while others appear to be merely drifting along, like the therapist in Charles Baxter's 'Westland.' The tone shifts from story to story: Joanna Scott traces the beginnings of a psychoanalyst's obsession with a patient in the neutral language of a case history, while Elizabeth Gilbert continually ups the farcical stakes as she spins a yarn about a violent nightclub owner, his magician daughter and their rabbit. Other contributors include Denis Johnson, Mary Robison, Rick Bass and Norman Rush. Charlie Smith's tale of drunken buddies who hook up with a naked woman on a canoeing trip is the only real misstep, coming off like a parody of stories of rural dysfunction. But this is overall a strong anthology of tales of trouble. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]n expert collation of professional-managerial angst."
"Synopsis" by , The next addictively clever Paris Review anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome — and instigate — trouble. Among those to appear are Annie Proulx, Norman Rush, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rick Bass, Andre Dubus, and Julie Orringer.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Paris Review asks: who hasnt survived a tax audit, a snowstorm, a break-up, or presided over a murder?

The next addictively clever Paris Review anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome--and instigate--trouble. Throughout these pages you will find men plagued with guilt, women burdened by history, scientists bound by passion, mothers fogged with delusion, and lovers vexed with jealousy. In the theme that encompasses every life, no protagonist--or reader!--is exempt.

Among those to appear:

- Annie Proulx

- Andre Dubus

- Norman Rush

- Charles Baxter

- Wells Tower

- Julie Orringer

- Elizabeth Gilbert

- Ben Okri

- Rick Bass

"Synopsis" by , "The Paris Review" asks: who hasn't survived a tax audit, a snowstorm, a breakup, or presided over a murder? The next addictively clever "Paris Review" anthology is not a self-help manual; rather it is a wicked elaboration on the human effort to overcome--and instigate--trouble. Contributors include Annie Proulx, Andre Dubus, Norman Rush, and others.
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