Synopses & Reviews
A four-time O. Henry Prize winner, Ann Beattie is a masterful observer of domestic relations and the idiosyncratic logic that governs human lives. In Follies, her most resonant collection, she looks at baby boomers in their maturity, sorting out their own lives and struggling with parents who are eccentric, unpredictable, and increasingly dependent. She is at the top of her form, writing with the vividness, compassion, and sometimes morbid wit that have made her one of the most influential writers of a generation.
"Beattie is a shrewd observer of human nature and one of the best short story writers alive." -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Beattie has a keen eye for love's fault lines, for our missed signals and hidden motives." -- More
"Beattie's style works brilliantly -- as, seeming only to report the events of an evening, she reveals the essence of her tale." -- The Atlantic Monthly
"The stories of Follies shine with the insights of time." -- Los Angeles Times
"Ann Beattie is one of our era's most vital masters of the short form." -- The Washington Post Book World
From the author of "Park City" comes a superb novella and a collection of brilliant stories about adult children, aging parents and the chance encounters that alter lives.
About the Author
Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s The Best American Short Stories 2014. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.
Table of Contents
Find and replace
Apology for a journey not taken
The garden game
The rabbit hole as likely explanation
Just going out
That last odd day in L.A.