Books by Lydia Davis

ALFRED OLLIVANT'S <i>BOB, SON OF BATTLE</i> by Alfred Ollivant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2014

"Welcome back, Owd (Old) Bob! (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Over 100 years after his birth in print, Bob, Son of Battle is seeking a new audience. He deserves one. Read full book review >
CAN'T AND WON'T by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Whether fiction or non, Davis never bores."
Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny. Read full book review >
MADAME BOVARY by Gustave Flaubert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

I'd better confess up front: I have always disliked Madame Bovary. Read full book review >
VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"An initially off-putting collection that gradually becomes habit-forming."
More dauntingly opaque but often brilliant snippets and meditations from MacArthur recipient Davis (Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis (Almost No Memory, 1997, etc.) assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long, nearly all previously published. Read full book review >
ALMOST NO MEMORY by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Meanwhile, strong writing and a somber mood combine to make this a probing, quietly compelling series of meditations in story form."
Soberly eclectic doesn't begin to describe this new assortment of 51 short (often very short) stories from Davis, whose first collection, Break it Down (1986), and novel, The End of the Story (1995), have both received much favorable notice. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE STORY by Lydia Davis
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"For all the good and clever writing, the story remains a neat idea without much emotional wattage."
This first novel from prize-winning short-story writer Davis (Break It Down, 1986) wryly turns a failed love affair into a therapeutic literary experiment. Read full book review >
LIFE/SITUATIONS by Paul Auster
translated by Paul Auster, by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Lydia Davis
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1977

"The interviews, however, bristle with intellectual vigor: Sartre's restive preoccupations as a man and writer, autobiographical reflections and reappraisals, a tartly provocative consideration of the woman's movement with Simone de Beauvoir, his latest views of his monumental study of Flaubert, and much more—these further expose one of this century's most formidable minds."
This collection of four essays (1971-73) and three interviews (1971-75) by Sartre assumes additional, touching significance with his revelation that because of blindness his "occupation as a writer is completely destroyed." Read full book review >