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My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro

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"My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead...is being published to coincide with Valentine's Day. But this is far from a collection of Hallmark card sentiments in woozy prose. Just look at the cover: an anatomically detailed painting of a human heart, all blood vessels and muscle....There's a lot of yearning and regret in these pages, and heartache, of one kind or another, tends to be the prominent emotion. Better not to think about this when you're just starting out." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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"When it comes to love, there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. A love story can never be about full possession. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name....

It is perhaps only in reading a love story (or in writing one) that we can simultaneously partake of the ecstasy and agony of being in love without paying a crippling emotional price. I offer this book, then, as a cure for lovesickness and an antidote to adultery. Read these love stories in the safety of your single bed. Let everybody else suffer." — Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead

All proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago. 826 Chicago is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

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"'When it comes to love,' writes Jeffrey Eugenides in this wonderful, if upsetting, collection of stories, 'there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. A love story can never be about full possession. The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims — these are lucky eventualities but they aren't love stories. Love stories depend... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] fascinating, consistently compelling, and superbly edited collection of short stories about romantic love....An essential acquisition." Library Journal

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For the 100th anniversary of The Best American Short Stories series, a retrospective of stories selected by master of the form Lorrie Moore. The stories, along with one hundred years of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and decade-by-decade analysis, tell the history of American short fiction, showcasing representative moments in the series as well as literary moments in time.

About the Author

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to great acclaim in 1993 and was made into a film directed by Sofia Coppola. His second novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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kerrireed1, March 2, 2008 (view all comments by kerrireed1)
This book is very well done. The stories are not necessarily gushing with romance, but they are truthful and right to the point. These stories represent the richly layered elements of love...not just the moments of ecstacy.
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redboy63, September 26, 2007 (view all comments by redboy63)
A perfect dessert to the entree that is Middlesex.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061240379
Subtitle:
Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro
Author:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Author:
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Author:
Moore, Lorrie
Author:
Pitlor, Heidi
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Short stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20080108
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead...is being published to coincide with Valentine's Day. But this is far from a collection of Hallmark card sentiments in woozy prose. Just look at the cover: an anatomically detailed painting of a human heart, all blood vessels and muscle....There's a lot of yearning and regret in these pages, and heartache, of one kind or another, tends to be the prominent emotion. Better not to think about this when you're just starting out." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating, consistently compelling, and superbly edited collection of short stories about romantic love....An essential acquisition."
"Synopsis" by ,
For the 100th anniversary of The Best American Short Stories series, a retrospective of stories selected by master of the form Lorrie Moore. The stories, along with one hundred years of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and decade-by-decade analysis, tell the history of American short fiction, showcasing representative moments in the series as well as literary moments in time.
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