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Publisher Comments:

Small masterpieces...(a) dazzling collection....Like Alice Munro, virtually her only equal in the field, Deborah Eisenberg here seems incapable of writing a bad short story...She focuses on misfits, people who don't feel at home in the world. So skilled is she at developing these characters as engagingly "ordinary" that we find ourselves identifying with them without realizing how we got there....Eisenberg's writing at times approaches the beauty of a line of poetry. She manipulates her readers with a master's blend of humor and poignancy. Her stories are wondrous.... -- David Wiegand, "San Francisco Chronicle"

Review:

"In her third collection of stories, Eisenberg renders seven distinct scenarios—though not literally nightmares (an uptight boarding school, a contentious family vacation, a concert pianist amidst a political revolution etc.)—all are nightmarish enough in that her characters must negotiate through their personal hells; resentment, embarrassment, contempt, fear, disgust, confusion. Here is the ultra-negative side of sophisticated urban lives at the end of our century. In the first story, we find that the 'undiminished vigor of [Francie's] mother's resentment toward absolutely everything was warming, in its way— there must have been love to produce all that hatred.' In lyrical and gleaming prose, the author explores and reveals adult hypocrisy and folly." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

A messenger arrives to conduct a boarding school girl into an utterly unexpected future...a well-meaning college student realizes that he is a voyeur...suburban schoolchildren try to navigate through the "acceptable level" of adult pollution around them. In lyrical and gleaming prose, Eisenberg pries open daily life to explore the hidden mechanisms of human behavior.

About the Author

Deborah Eisenberg, a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Whiting Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the author of two earlier collections, compiled together in The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg. She lives in New York City and teaches at the University of Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671024628
Author:
Eisenberg, Deborah
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44x5.50x.64 in. .74 lbs.

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