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Staff Pick

Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will to make it all a little weird, makes her a keen observer of the minutiae of life. Her preferred style seems to be tiny prose gems, 1,000 words or less.

This hardcover-bound volume is thick in the spine but otherwise diminutive; it is graced with a bright coral cover. What a fitting vehicle for Davis's small fictions, which hold so much.
Recommended by Sandra G, Powells.com

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"Davis readers will detect a special kind of energy, one that feels particularly fresh and female. Small as they may be, these stories ought not to be underestimated, for they are the brave, big-hearted works of a literary titan. You can read them any way you like. For heaven's sake, just read them." Erika Recordon, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

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Publisher Comments:

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" (Salon) and "one of the quiet giants...of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Now, for the first time, Davis's short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking "Break It Down "(1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee "Varieties of Disturbance."

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.

Review:

"Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more." Jonathan Franzen

Review:

"All who know [Davis's] work probably remember their first time reading it...Blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction." Dave Eggers, McSweeney's

Review:

"Sharp, deft, ironic, understated, and consistently surprising." Joyce Carol Oates

Review:

"The best prose stylist in America." Rick Moody

Synopsis:

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

A LOS ANGELES TIMES FICTION FAVORITE FOR 2009

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF 2009

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon.com) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance.

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.

Synopsis:

Margaret Drabbles novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of ironyall are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by the Spanish academic José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

About the Author

Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the acclaimed translator of a new edition of Swann’s Way and is at work on a new translation of Madame Bovary.

Table of Contents

BREAK IT DOWN (1986)

Story

The Fears of Mrs. Orlando

Liminal: The Little Man

Break It Down

Mr. Burdoff's Visit to Germany

What She Knew

The Fish

Mildred and the Oboe

The Mouse

The Letter

Extracts from a Life

The House Plans

The Brother-in-Law

How W. H. Auden Spends the Night in a Friend's House:

Mothers

In a House Besieged

Visit to Her Husband

Cockroaches in Autumn

The Bone

A Few Things Wrong with Me

Sketches for a Life of Wassilly

City Employment

Two Sisters

The Mother

Therapy

French Lesson I: Le Meurtre

Once a Very Stupid Man

The Housemaid

The Cottages

Safe Love

Problem

What an Old Woman Will Wear

The Sock

Five Signs of Disturbance

 
ALMOST NO MEMORY (1997)

Meat, My Husband

Jack in the Country

Foucault and Pencil

The Mice

The Thirteenth Woman

The Professor

The Cedar Trees

The Cats in the Prison Recreation Hall

Wife One in Country

The Fish Tank

The Center of the Story

Love

Our Kindness

A Natural Disaster

Odd Behavior

St. Martin

Agreement

In the Garment District

Disagreement

The Actors

What Was Interesting

In the Everglades

The Family

Trying to Learn

To Reiterate

Lord Royston's Tour

The Other

A Friend of Mine

This Condition

Go Away

Pastor Elaine's Newsletter

A Man in Our Town

A Second Chance

Fear

Almost No Memory

Mr. Knockly

How He Is Often Right

The Rape of the Tanuk Women

What I Feel

Lost Things

Glenn Could

Smoke

From Below, as a Neighbor

The Great-Grandmothers

Ethics

The House Behind

The Outing

A Position at the University

Examples of Confusion

The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists

Affinity

 
SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT (2001)

Boring Friends

A Mown Lawn

City People

Betrayal

The White Tribe

Our Trip

Special Chair

Certain Knowledge from Herodotus

Priority

The Meeting

Companion

Blind Date

Examples of Remember

Old Mother and the Grouch

Samuel Johnson Is Indignant

New Year's Resolution

First

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374270605
Author:
Davis, Lydia
Publisher:
Picador
Author:
Beach, Lou
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Author:
Fernandez, Jose Francisco
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Rough Front/Deckel Edge
Publication Date:
20101026
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Handwriting Practice<BR>Interesting<BR>Happiest Mo
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 full-color plates
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
7.87 x 5.27 x 1.5 in 1.49 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will to make it all a little weird, makes her a keen observer of the minutiae of life. Her preferred style seems to be tiny prose gems, 1,000 words or less.

This hardcover-bound volume is thick in the spine but otherwise diminutive; it is graced with a bright coral cover. What a fitting vehicle for Davis's small fictions, which hold so much.

"Review A Day" by , "Davis readers will detect a special kind of energy, one that feels particularly fresh and female. Small as they may be, these stories ought not to be underestimated, for they are the brave, big-hearted works of a literary titan. You can read them any way you like. For heaven's sake, just read them." (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Review" by , "Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction."
"Review" by , "Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more."
"Review" by , "All who know [Davis's] work probably remember their first time reading it...Blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction."
"Review" by , "Sharp, deft, ironic, understated, and consistently surprising."
"Review" by , "The best prose stylist in America."
"Synopsis" by ,
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

A LOS ANGELES TIMES FICTION FAVORITE FOR 2009

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF 2009

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon.com) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance.

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.

"Synopsis" by ,

Margaret Drabbles novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of ironyall are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs; in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. An introduction by the Spanish academic José Fernández places the stories in the context of her life and her novels. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

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