Search Results: "Ann Beattie"


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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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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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CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER by Ann Beattie
Released: Aug. 13, 1976

"Ann Beattie doesn't try too hard and thus succeeds in making her book casual, fresh (either way), and appealing."
Up the down mood elevator mostly with Charles, a self-styled "mess" who fantasizes and cultivates his "spiritual trouble" although he's got some genuine wretchedness to contribute to it. Read full book review >

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THE STATE WE'RE IN by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An engaging collection of varied characters, if varying degrees of substance."
The veteran short story master explores the peculiarities of summer life among well-off and often emotionally unwell Maine denizens. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1987 by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1987

"Included this year, by the way, in the contributor's notes, is an opportunity for each writer to talk about the genesis of his or her story—a sophomoric, writing-workshop idea that adds nothing to the stories at all."
Beattie writes a serviceable and (for a change in this series) unjadedly enthusiastic introduction to the choices she's made—and, once more, the picker says a good deal about the picked: many stories here trade in the centripetal shagginess of detail yet narrow narrative lurch that mark so many of Beattie's own works. Read full book review >

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WALKS WITH MEN by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Beattie's talent remains formidable, but this is pretty thin."
The 16th work of fiction by Beattie (Follies, 2005, etc.), which begins in 1980. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 1986

"Skilled woe-is-modern-life pieces with little underneath and few surprises, but expert on the modish surface."
Sixteen pieces by Beattie (nine from The New Yorker): glimpses of anxiety and ennui done with fashionable skill and deftness. Read full book review >

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LOVE ALWAYS by Ann Beattie
Released: June 10, 1985

"But past fans of her clear insight into our society's absurd rituals will welcome her latest offering, an engaging romp through the perils of modern life and mores."
Beattie, author of the acclaimed Chilly Scenes of Winter, once again pierces the peccadillos of our dissatisfied modern culture. Read full book review >

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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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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 >