Short stories don't really get better than this. Take that, O. Henry.— Beth
Grace Paley's caustic wit in these stories makes my heart sing with its savagery. Don't you just hate people! Aren't they awful! And isn't it wonderful? Isn't it lovely?— Laurel
In this collection of short stories, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review). In this collection of seventeen stories, she creates a "solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).
About the Author
Grace Paley, born in the Bronx in 1922, was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.
“Grace Paley makes me weep and laugh-and admire. She is that rare kind of writer, a natural, with a voice like no one else's: funny, sad, lean, modest, energetic, acute.” —Susan Sontag
“Grace Paley is a wonderful writer and troublemaker. We are fortunate to have her in our country.” —Donald Barthelme
“I can't think of another writer who captures the itch of the city, love between parents and children, or the cutting edge of combat, as well.” —Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review
“Technically, Grace Paley's work makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant. Each one of her stories has more abundant inner life than most other people's novels . . . Her prose presents a series of miracles of poetic compression.” —Angela Carter, London Review of Books
“A solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life.” —Walter Clemons, Newsweek