Search Results: "Ann Beattie"


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THE NEW YORKER STORIES by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Beattie (Walks with Men, 2010, etc.) sometimes stumbles, but her mordant and frequently comic depictions of ways in which we persevere, screw up and usually survive our own foolishness give her better stories genuine power, and make them well worth returning to."
A generous gathering of 48 stories first published in the eponymous weekly often defined by Beattie's trademark understatements, ellipses and—let's admit it—occasionally clichéd situations and plots. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS MINE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Deftly crafted, particularly in the child-parent quandary, these stories nonetheless leave surprisingly little impact on the reader when taken as a whole, save perhaps for the sense of disquiet and aimless search these characters are destined to go through."
Beattie's fifth collection of stories, 12 in all, continues to chart the course of fractured love and family in modern, restless times. Read full book review >

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MRS. NIXON by Ann Beattie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Self-indulgent though fitfully intriguing."
Best known for her short fiction (The New Yorker Stories, 2010, etc.), Beattie circles around an enigmatic First Lady in an odd text that takes a lit-crit approach to a biographical subject. Read full book review >

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PARK CITY by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1998

"Both versions are on display here."
This compilation of 36 tales, with eight never before published in book form and the remainder drawn from this prolific author's five story collections, starkly illuminates Beattie's strengths and limitations. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER YOU by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1995

"Vivid, rich, and utterly real: this time, Beattie has fitted her voice to her subject perfectly, and shaped her subject without flaw."
Beattie's first novel since Picturing Will (1990): a chilling, intriguing, and altogether deft exposition of the domestic life of a middle-aged college professor who finds his world cracking beneath the strain of a deluge of unsought revelations. Read full book review >

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PICTURING WILL by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 1989

"Still, her quirky humor and her dialogue, wickedly good, just about make the trip worthwhile."
Children have often figured prominently in Beattie's fiction, though they have seldom been as young as Will, the five-year-old object of inquiry of her first novel since Love Always (1985): it's a kind of contemporary version of James' What Maisie Knew in which Beattie—with mixed results—places Will in a tangle of divorced parents and their new spouses and lovers and patrons. Read full book review >

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FOLLIES by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"When Beattie is this good, she's essential reading. When she isn't, it's the usual mixed bag."
Beattie's seventh collection explores middle age and generational conflict in an edgy novella and nine stories of varying intensity and excellence. Read full book review >

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PERFECT RECALL by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2001

"Beattie strikes more nerves than a ham-fisted dental technician. Exceptionally interesting work."
People whom trouble always seems to find and introspective victims of fractured relationships are the featured players in Beattie's strong seventh collection—published in the immediate wake of the Pen/Bernard Malamud Prize awarded to her this month. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE, STARRING DARA FALCON by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1997

"Crisp prose with little behind it: Beattie's narrative skill nearly makes up for the paltry tale itself—but not quite."
Beattie follows up the successful Another You (1995) with a tale of domestic grief on a low boil. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING HOUSE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 1982

"Once again: brilliantly crafted stories about yesterday's children living without context, naked to pain, knowing that home fires can lead to a burning when you 'play house."
"I have had this revelation: that you can look at something, close your eyes and see it again and still know nothing—like staring at the sky to figure out the distance between stars." Read full book review >

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FALLING IN PLACE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1980

"Rather enervating, then, but also sad, bleakly humorous, and often chilling."
In her second novel, Beattie's dessicated people—blunted, wobbling in the lassitude of vague guilts, playing their pinball impulses for bonanza relationships that never quite light up—again drift together in random accident from glossy suburbia to junky Manhattan. Read full book review >

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DISTORTIONS by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1976

"Was it?"
As an act of faith—one hopes rewarded—this collection of short stories is to be published simultaneously with Ann Beattie's Chilly Scenes of Winter. Read full book review >