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She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Storiesby Ron Hansen
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From an author Praised by literary giants and critics alike, a stunning compendium of selected stories over three decades in the making.
Ron Hansen has long been celebrated as a master of both the novel and the short form. His stories have been called “beautifully crafted” (The New York Times), “unforgettable” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “diverse and expansive” (The Washington Post). His 1989 collection, Nebraska, was widely praised, and he has published stories in literary magazines nationwide—The Atlantic, Esquire, Harper’s, Tin House, The Paris Review, and many others.
In this new volume, comprising twelve new stories and seven pieces selected from Nebraska, the subjects of Hansen’s scrutiny range from Oscar Wilde to murder to dementia to romance, and display Hansen at his storytelling best: the craftsman described as “part Hemingway and part García Márquez . . . an all-American magic realist in other words, a fabulist in the native grain.” Readers will thrill to Hansen’s masterful attention to the smallest and most telling details, even as he plunges straight into the deepest recesses of desire, love, fury, and loss. Magisterial in its scope and surprising in its variety, She Loves Me Not shows an author at the height of his powers and confirms Hansen’s place as a major American writer.
"Hansen (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is best known for historical novels so well researched and faithful to recorded fact that they're barely fiction at all — and at first glance the stories collected here stick to the formula. In 'Wilde in Omaha,' Oscar drops choice rejoinders on his American tour; the Polish priest of 'My Communist' flees the cold war for sunny Palo Alto; 'The Governess' and 'The Killers' are knowing take-offs on Henry James and Ernest Hemingway. But in this edition, which draws on Hansen's 1988 collection Nebraska, we're treated to the full range of the author's Midwestern pathos, from the fast-talking gear heads of 'Mechanics' and the shocking cattle mutilations in 'True Romance' to the title story's unattainable showgirl, who presides over a grisly murder. Then there are the really strange pieces, like the prose poem 'Crazy' and the masterful, sweeping 'Nebraska,' as poetic a portrait of place as you are likely to read. Hansen turns out to be at his best when he's free from the tent poles of plot, precedent, or even character. He deserves a collection like this to give readers the full vent of the desolation that lurches out of his landscapes and blows like a cold wind into the lives of his hapless Americans. Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From an author praised by literary giants such as John Irving and the New York Times alike, a stunning story collection—over two decades in the making.
Ron Hansen has long been a master of the short form. His stories have been called “beautifully crafted” (The New York Times), “unforgettable” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “diverse and expansive” (The Washington Post).
Ranging over subjects as diverse as Oscar Wilde, murder, dementia, and romance, this collection show Ron Hansen at his storytelling best. Most of these pieces are set in the present with the balance set in the historical past. Surprising in its variety, She Loves Me Not shows Hansen at the height of his powers.
About the Author
Ron Hansen is the author of eight novels and three short story collections. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, and went on to the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop where he studied with John Irving. He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California.
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