Synopses & Reviews
Fiction.A Lost Angeles Times Best Fiction Title of 2000. Finalist, 2000 Bay Area Book Reviewers Fiction Award. "Brilliant... Anyone concerned with the American short story should read and know these stories.... Other American writers have tried to write stories like these, but Leonard Michaels got there first and has done it better than almost anyone else."—Charles Baxter, San Francisco Chronicle
"Michaels, one of the most highly regarded contemporary American literary figures and widely read by the discerning public, has long been regarded as a master of the short story. His stature can only be enhanced by this gathering of the best of his previous work as well as new stories, all of them written within the period of the early 1960s through the 1990s. Love and sexuality are the twin themes he continues to mine, and the specific situations he creates to explore these themes pinpoint in the sheerest of prose the absolute truth about relationships. Michaels's trenchant, direct, and lyrical style, with not one word wasted, works as a tight springboard for conveying his vast knowledge about why we love who we love. No library's short story collection is complete without this career-defining compilation."—Brad Hooper, Booklist
New and Selected Stories Leonard Michaels. A powerful collection hailing the excellence of the short story master, "New and Selected Stories brings back into print, together with his best new works, the award-winning stories that first earned Leonard Michaels acclaim thirty years ago. Evoking strong emotion through skillful, detailed perception, this important volume presents Michaels's insight into the changing pyschosexual theater of contemporary life.
Leonard Michaels's classic short stories back in print wtih new stories, each elegant, yet personal.
Fiction. GIRL WITH A MONKEY combines the best work of Leonard Michaels, presenting new stories alongside award-winning favorites. Evoking strong emotion through detailed, skilled perception, this important volume presents Michaels' insights into the changing psychosexual theater of contemporary life. Leonard Michaels is one of the genuine wild talents of American fiction--destructive, joyful, brilliant, purely creative -- John Hawkes. The author's work has been translated into several languages, and he has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Author
Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) is the author of Sylvia, The Men's Room, To Feel These Things, Going Places, I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, Shuffle, and, most recently, Time Out of Mind. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Table of Contents
A girl with a monkey -- Murderers -- Second honeymoon -- In the fifties -- City boy -- Crossbones -- Eating out -- Manikin -- Reflections of a wild kid -- Mildred -- Some laughed -- The deal -- Going places -- Tell me everything -- Honeymoon -- Viva la Tropicana.