Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty

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McSweeney's Publishing #ad - With sentences auguring revelation and explosion, Williams's unsettling stories—a cryptic meeting between neighbors, a woman's sexual worries, a chimney on fire—are narrated with razor-sharp tongues and naked, a graveside discussion, uproarious irreverence. These fifty stories hum with tension, the absurdity and hilarity, each one so taut that it threatens to snap and send the whole thing sprawling—the mess and desire, the bruises and bleeding, the blushes and disappointments and secrets.

Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty #ad - . In vicky swanky is a beauty, diane Williams lays bare the urgency and weariness that shape our lives in stories honed sharper than ever. An audacious, unruly tour de force, vicky Swanky Is a Beauty cements Diane Williams' position as one of the best practitioners of the short form in literature today.

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Can't and Won't: Stories

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Picador #ad - National bestsellerthe new york times • los angeles times • the boston globeher stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before. Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates, " a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption.

Can't and Won't: Stories #ad - . Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert's correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author's own dreams, or the dreams of friends. What does not vary throughout can't and Won't, Lydia Davis's fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose.

Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, the foreign, the alienating, revealing the mysterious, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life. Above all, she is refreshing. Picador USA.

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Ninety-Nine Stories of God

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Tin House Books #ad - This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. In ninety-nine stories of god, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being. J. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka talking to a fish to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of williams’s characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for Him when He’s standing right there.

Ninety-Nine Stories of God #ad - Tin house Books. A new york times notable book and a best book of the Year at Esquire, Minnesota Star Tribune,  Seattle Times,  Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly. Picador USA. From “quite possibly america’s best living writer of short stories” NPR, Ninety-Nine Stories of God finds Joy Williams reeling between the sublime and the surreal, knocking down the barriers between the workaday and the divine.

Pulitzer prize and national book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. The lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a formal gala, and a drugstore, a demolition derby, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination.

It’s the book of common prayer as seen through a looking glass―a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments.

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Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose

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Pressgang #ad - Tin house Books. Why flash fiction? it's the perfect form for a project that's all about pushing boundaries and cross-fertilizing creative communities. So flashed is more than an anthology; it's a conversation--among some of today's most exciting prose writers and cartoonists--and between the forms of prose and comics.

Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose #ad - Edited by josh neufeld and sari wilson, the stories in FLASHed are arranged in "triptychs"--each grouping a kind of call-and-response among the respective contributors. Flashed is an anthology of linked flash fiction in comics and prose by 45 star cartoonists and fiction writers. Contributors include myla goldberg, lynda barry, john Porcellino, Sheila Heti, Aimee Bender Junot Díaz, Gabrielle Bell, Dean Haspiel, Steve Almond, and many more.

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Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

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McSweeney's Publishing #ad - Chosen by the millions and Flavorwire as one of the most-anticipated books of 2016. Picador USA. The very short stories of diane williams have been aptly called “folk tales that hammer like a nail gun, ” and these 40 new ones are sharper than ever. Mcsweeney s Books. Tin house Books. Not a single moment here is what you might expect.

One of the best books of the year by elle · san francisco chronicle ·new statesman · Frieze · The Irish Times · Vulture · 3:AM Magazine. They are unsettling, frequently revelatory, yes, and more often than not downright funny. While there is immense pleasure to be found in williams’s spot-on observations about how we behave in our highest and lowest moments, precision, the heart of the drama beats in the language of American short fiction’s grand master, whose originality, and power bring the familiar into startling and enchanted relief.

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Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Picador USA. In brief encounters, she and writer/editor/actor dinah Lenney expand this vibrant field with nearly eighty new selections: shorts―as these sharply focused pieces have come to be known― representing an impressive range of voices, perspectives, sensibilities, and forms. W w norton Company.

Mcsweeney s Books. The best of short literary memoirs, and reflections, essays, many of which were written expressly for this collection. Brief encounters features the work of the emerging and the established―including Stuart Dybek, lyrical, idiosyncratic, sad, provocative, Roxanne Gay, and Julian Barnes―arranged by theme to explore the human condition in ways intimate, funny, Leslie Jamison, Eduardo Galeano, unflinching.

Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction #ad - . Also available the late judith kitchen, and in brief, editor of the perennially popular anthologies Short Takes, In Short, was greatly influential in recognizing and establishing flash creative nonfiction as a form in its own right. From the rant to the rave, the confession to the valediction, the meditation to the polemic, this collection of shorts―this celebration of true and vivid prose―will enlarge your world.

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Excitability American Literature Dalkey Archive

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Dalkey Archive Press #ad - Excitability" collects the best of Diane Williams' bold, death, often hilarious stories of love, sex, and the family. Tin house Books. Picador USA. Mcsweeney s Books. W w norton Company.

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It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature: A Novella and Stories

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Fiction Collective 2 #ad - Celebrated for her linguistic inventiveness, Diane Williams's new stories and novella continue to advance her inimitable voice. In stories that are as short as prose poems and as complex as novels, Williams creates worlds that are sensual, and where quiet epiphanies are possible. Mcsweeney s Books. Tin house Books.

It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature: A Novella and Stories #ad - In the forty-one stories and novella collected here, Diane Williams probes the dangerous terrain of the family romance and the eternal bafflement of being alive. As he crosses the boundaries of good behavior and good sense at every opportunity, he ingeniously narrates his adventure as both tragedy and escapade.

Used book in Good Condition. W w norton Company. The hero of the novella On Sexual Strength explores his perplexing lust for his neighbor's wife. Picador USA.

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The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

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Soho Press #ad - But if sense is in short supply in these texts, that leaves more room for splendor and sorrow. The williams epiphany should be patented, it should also be regulated and maybe rationed, or bottled—on the other hand, because it’s severe. The stories are short. With over three hundred new and previously published short stories as well as three novellas, The Collected Stories of Diane Williams brings together distilled works of “unsettling brilliance” Vanity Fair that have rewritten the rules of American short fiction.

From ben marcus’ introduction to the collected stories of Diane Williams:“Diane Williams has spent her long, prolific career concocting fictions of perfect strangeness, most of them no more than a page long. She’s a hero of the form: the sudden fiction, the flash fiction, whatever it’s being called these days.

The Collected Stories of Diane Williams #ad - W w norton Company. They thumb their nose at conventional sense, or even unconventional sense. It’s a rare feeling her stories trigger, but it’s a keen and deep and welcome one, the sort of feeling that wakes us up to complication and beauty and dissonance and fragility. Picador USA. Tin house Books. Used book in Good Condition.

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Partial List of People to Bleach

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Future Tense Books #ad - Tin house Books. Partial list of people to Bleach is at once cruelly honest, precisely painful, and beautifully rendered. Brian evenson "gary lutz is a master-living proof that, even in our cliché-ridden, hype-driven age, denial-drenched, true originality is still an American possibility. George saunders Picador USA.

Mcsweeney s Books. W w norton Company. Even as a chapbook, and now future tense books publishes an expanded paperback edition of partial List of People to Bleach, it was one of Time Out New York's Ten Best Books of 2007, with six previously uncollected pieces, including the provocative and now-classic essay "The Sentence Is a Lonely Place, " and a foreword by Gordon Lish.

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NOON

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NOON Inc. #ad - Tin house Books. Mcsweeney s Books. A beautiful annual that remains staunchly avant-garde in its commitment to work that is oblique, enigmatic and impossible to ignore. Stories that leave a flashbulb's glow behind the eyes even as they resist sense. Rachel syme, The New York Times. Erudite, elegant and stubbornly experimental.

Rumaan alam, The New York Times. W w norton Company. Picador USA. Noon is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed literary annual, founded in 2000 by American author Diane Williams. Used book in Good Condition. The 20th anniversary edition launched in March 2019. Contributors include: augusta gross, fiona foster, jae kim, kathryn scanlan, clancy martin, susan laier, lara pawson, nathan dragon, Vi Khi Nao, Lydia Davis, Kim Chinquee, Natalia Zagorska-Thomas, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Brandon Hobson, Christine Schutt, Lauren Wallach, Derick Dupre, Kayla Blatchley, Bill Hayward, Greg Mulcahy, Darrell Kinsey, Anonymous, Rebecca Morris, Lucie Elven, Robert Tindall.

NOON #ad - It is noted for its cutting-edge fiction, arresting art portfolios and is also renowned for its elegant design.

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