Search Results: "Antonya Nelson"


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NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >

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NELSON by John Sugden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Despite its length, a tremendously engaging work with few dull moments."
The exhaustive second volume of this definitive biography treats the admiral's supreme command of the British Navy and the bittersweet Lady Hamilton years. Read full book review >

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LIVING TO TELL by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2000

An Oprah-ready, dysfunctional family melodrama set in the contemporary Midwest. Read full book review >

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NOTHING RIGHT by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Despite an occasional slip into glib slice-of-life, Nelson is at her best creating densely packed, almost novel-like family mini-sagas."
Although family or the desire for family is frequently the overt subject, secrets and solitude lie at the heart of these 11 stories, of which several have appeared in the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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NOBODY'S GIRL by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nelson's longer fiction, at least as shown by this misfire, lacks the energy and concentration that distinguish her short stories."
The disillusioning ``education'' of a high-school English teacher takes center stage in this only moderately interesting melodrama from Nelson, the New Mexicobased author of three story collections and a previous novel (Talking in Bed, 1995). Read full book review >

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TALKING IN BED by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Altogether, an unsparing dissection of adultery and human frailty."
The title is particularly apt: The only time the characters in this sad, startling first novel really do talk to each other, sharing guilty secrets and long-nursed regrets, is in bed. Read full book review >

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FEMALE TROUBLE by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2002

"Still, a rewarding volume that deserves recognition."
A heavily lauded novelist and short-story writer (Family Terrorists, 1994, etc.) proves she's got staying power with an impressive fourth collection. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TERRORISTS by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1994

"The New Yorker eats this stuff up; readers will find Nelson either enchanting or boring."
Seven stories (two of them award-winners, ``Naked Ladies'' in Best American, ``Dirty Words'' in O. Henry) and a novella, done up in a kind of flip realism that subjects relationships to breezy examination. Read full book review >

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FUNNY ONCE by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Distinctive, quirky stories that deftly capture some of life's messiness."
In her immersive new collection of nine stories and a novella, Nelson (Bound, 2010, etc.), a much lauded novelist and short story writer, introduces not-always-happy or well-behaved protagonists who make questionable choices. Read full book review >

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BOUND by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A small gem—more understated than Nelson's recent stories, but equally sharp and deeply moving."
From novelist and short-story writer Nelson (Nothing Right, 2009, etc.), a brief, sorrowfully comic novel about family dysfunction that considers everyone's contribution—parents, children, spouses, even pets. Read full book review >

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SOME FUN by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"More entertaining than profound, these stories convey a delight in human variousness and an aloof sense of independence—largely because they are about people who have absolutely no one to rely on."
None of the lead characters in Nelson's collection have been dealt aces, but they play the lousy hands fate has dealt them with such dogged ingenuity that no one could call them losers. Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF MEN by Antonya Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 1992

"Sharp-edged American fiction, by a very promising writer."
Nelson's first story collection, The Expendables, won the 1990 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and her second is even better—tough-talking, provocative tales that plunge deep into the heart of love and solitude. Read full book review >