Books by Elizabeth McCracken

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2008

"Notable for its spare, intense prose and the author's self-deprecating frankness about her failures as well as those of her loved ones."
Novelist McCracken (Niagara Falls All Over Again, 2001, etc.) relates her struggle to deal with the tragedy of a stillborn son. Read full book review >
NIAGARA FALLS ALL OVER AGAIN by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A career-making book that bears interesting comparison with both Philip Roth's I Married a Communist (1998) and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000). This one is going places."
McCracken just may strike it rich with this enchantingly detailed and immensely appealing follow-up to the NBA-nominated The Giant's House (1996). Read full book review >
THE GIANT'S HOUSE by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

McCracken's eccentric debut tale of a prim librarian's secret passion for the town giant presents an intriguing premise—one that is finally muted, unfortunately, by the excessively restrained tone of the narrator. Peggy Court, the newly appointed librarian to a small Cape Cod town in the 1950s, first meets James Carlson Sweatt when, as a six feet two inches tall 11-year-old, he is part of a school field trip to her circulation desk. Read full book review >

HERE'S YOUR HAT WHAT'S YOUR HURRY by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1993

If the title of McCracken's first collection leads you to expect romantic comedy or even a light touch, forget it; this James A. Michener-award-winning author's characters are outcasts, and their lives are grim indeed. In nine stories—all but the title one narrated in the first person—McCracken investigates the lives of the freaks. ``It's Bad Luck to Die'' records the thoughts of a tall, blond, relatively young widow as she comes fully to appreciate that her now-deceased dwarflike elderly husband Tiny, a tattoo artist, has covered every inch of her body in decals, slogans, and copies of Masterpieces of the Renaissance. Read full book review >