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The State We're in
Author: Ann Beattie

ISBN: 9781783782918
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 1.5
A new collection of stories from an award-winning master of the form, about the stories we tell about ourselves to others and the stories we're told.

For the first time in a decade, the writer that John Updike credited with creating an entirely different kind of short story has pinned life by the pen and offered her readers a new piece of work. Cool, ironic, sharply observed and witty, but underpinned with a quiet, barely-breathed tenderness, these stories - mainly set in Maine - explore the glancing epiphanies of daily life.

A teenage girl, spending the summer with her aunt and uncle while her mother recovers from surgery, tries to makes sense of some of life's curiosities, such as what magical realism is supposed to be, exactly; a woman having an affair with her daughter's best friend's boyfriend creates a list of their pluses and minuses in an attempt to win the man. Conversations that start as literary name drops turn into aching explorations of joy, generosity and anguish; sudden deaths in peaceful plant nurseries reveal suspicion and privately pursued desires.

Beattie's voice is mesmeric and her lessons...

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