Search Results: "Ann Beattie"


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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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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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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 ACCOMPLISHED GUEST by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Despite flickers of optimism, this is a somber collection pondering mortality, fate, and the unknowability of others."
The John Cheever of her generation, Beattie (The State We're In: Maine Stories, 2015, etc.) has long chronicled the emotional foibles of upper-middle-class WASPs with sharply chiseled wit; in these 13 new stories, travel or a visit of some sort is the common thread, mortality the common theme. 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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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 >

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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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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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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 >