Search Results: "Ann Beattie"


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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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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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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 >

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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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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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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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THE DOCTOR’S HOUSE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"The novel really isn't this writer's métier, and The Doctor's House is not one of her better books."
A family so dysfunctional that it makes the House of Atreus look like the Brady Bunch gradually reveals its secrets in Beattie's emotionally charged seventh novel, her first since My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (1997). 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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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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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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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 >