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A Perfect Recall: A Short Storyby Ann Beattie
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Ann Beattie is one of the foremost story writers of her generation. When her first collection appeared in 1976, she became an avatar of that time. Younger than Raymond Carver (she published her first story in "The New Yorker" when she was twenty five), she and he were the giants of the genre.
Now a PEN/Malamud lifetime achievement award-winner (previous winners include John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Eudora Welty), Beattie is about to launch a new collection of twelve stories in hardcover, as contemporary in tone and as powerful as any of her previous work. The popularity of short fiction is growing, as the success of collections by Annie Proulx, Melissa Bank, and Lorrie Moore confirm, and new audiences are being reached through on-line sites. Beattie's ear for language, subtle wit, and profound compassion for her characters distinguish her as the undisputed master of the form.
Peopled by characters struggling with second marriages, abandoning artistic aspirations, or coming to terms with the betrayal of their own expectations, this collection of eleven new stories from Ann Beattie makes it strikingly clear why she is known as one of "American literature's most adept explorers and interpreters of the unraveling edges of life" (Miami Herald).
From the elegiac story "The Famous Poet, Amid Bougainvillea," in which two men trade ruminations about the odd experience of being cared for by those you are meant to serve, to "The Big-Breasted Pilgrim," wherein a famous chef gets a series of bewildering phone calls from George Stephanopoulos, expressing Clinton's desire to dine at his house, to two stories in which family myths turn out to be both inaccurate and prescient, Perfect Recall comprises Beattie's most ambitious and complex work yet.
This collection of 11 new stories, more ambitious and complex than ever, are set in Maine and in Key West, Florida, the stories center on people confronting altered circumstances. They are struggling with second marriages, abandoning artistic aspirations, or coming to terms with the betrayal of their own expectations.
About the Author
Ann Beattie has published seven novels and seven collections of stories. She has been included in John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century and has received the PEN/Bernard Malamud Award for lifetime achievement in the short story form. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.
Table of Contents
The Big-Breasted Pilgrim
The Women of This World
The Infamous Fall of Howell the Clown
See the Pyramids
The Famous Poet, Amid Bougainvillea
The Big-Breasted Pilgrim
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