Secrets & Surprises (Google eBook)
These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories -- "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few -- seem even more powerful, and are read and studied as classics of the short-story form. Spare and elegant, yet charged with feeling and with the tension of things their characters cannot say, they are masterly portraits of improvised lives.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Secrets & SurprisesUser Review - Peter Zuppardo - Goodreads
Probably the most perfect collection of stories I can think of. "Distant Music" should, if you're a decent person, make you cry. Read full review
Review: Secrets & SurprisesUser Review - Connie Sandlin - Goodreads
Boring and pointless. Not really short stories, just depressing vignettes mostly. Blech! Read full review