The collected stories of Lydia Davis.

by Davis, Lydia, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Penn Hills Library Fiction DAVIS
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  DAVIS
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction DAVIS
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  DAVIS
South Park Library Fiction F DAVIS LYDIA
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Collection  Fiction
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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.

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 are collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance .

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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Davis' short stories burrow deep into your mind. Her narrators' voices are resigned, insistent, haunting, familiar, peculiar. Their situations, obsessions, and pursuits vary from the banal to the inexplicable. And Davis, heir to the shredding wit and poignancy of Dorothy Parker and the shrewd surrealism of Donald Barthelme, is the master of the quick switch, the sneak attack, the end run. The rich spectrum of her daring short fiction can now be fully and luxuriously appreciated in this generous collection, which unites Break It Down (1986) with Almost No Memory (1997), Samuel Johnson Is Indignant (2001), and Varieties of Disturbance (2007). Davis writes with piercing exactitude about alienation, phobias, psychological paralysis, and tamped-down rage in stories that are emotionally authentic, darkly funny, and sharply beautiful. Her micro-fables (e.g., The Great-Grandmothers ) are lacerating, a tale comprising notes about Marie Curie is rife with malapropisms, and other stories read like the monologues of people profiled by neurologist Oliver Sacks. Whatever the focus, Davis' incisive, rightfully celebrated stories snap us awake with their topsy-turvy yet dead-on perspective.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xi, 733 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780312655396
9780374270605 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374270600 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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