A Girl with a Monkey: New and Selected Stories

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Mercury House, 2000 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Fiction.A Lost Angeles Times Best Fiction Title of 2000. Finalist, 2000 Bay Area Book Reviewers Fiction Award. "Brilliant... Anyone concerned with the American short story should read and know these stories.... Other American writers have tried to write stories like these, but Leonard Michaels got there first and has done it better than almost anyone else."—Charles Baxter, San Francisco Chronicle

"Michaels, one of the most highly regarded contemporary American literary figures and widely read by the discerning public, has long been regarded as a master of the short story. His stature can only be enhanced by this gathering of the best of his previous work as well as new stories, all of them written within the period of the early 1960s through the 1990s. Love and sexuality are the twin themes he continues to mine, and the specific situations he creates to explore these themes pinpoint in the sheerest of prose the absolute truth about relationships. Michaels's trenchant, direct, and lyrical style, with not one word wasted, works as a tight springboard for conveying his vast knowledge about why we love who we love. No library's short story collection is complete without this career-defining compilation."—Brad Hooper, Booklist

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Many of the stories in this uneven collection were written in the late 1960s, a few date from more recent times, and one is repeated in both the original and in updated versions, "Honeymoon" and ... Read full review


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Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) is the author of Sylvia , The Men's Room , To Feel These Things , Going Places , I Would Have Saved Them If I Could , Shuffle , and, most recently, Time Out of Mind . He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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