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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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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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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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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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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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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SECRETS AND SURPRISES by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1978

"The second collection from a major talent."
In one of these somber, imploding short stories, a young woman—most of Beattie's people are edging-over 30—paints her intake and outgo of friends as paper dolls joining hands; and these stories deal with everyone's dogged efforts to cement those flimsy paper connections between friends and lovers. 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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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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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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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 >