Secrets and surprises: short stories

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Random House, 1978 - Fiction - 307 pages
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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.

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

LA PETITE DANSEUSE DE Q_UATORZE ANS I
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OCTASCOPE I
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A CLEVERKIDS STORY I
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Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award CollectAnn Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike's "The""Best American Short Stories ions and in John Updike's "The""Best American Short Stories of the Century". In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Awardof the Century". In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she recei for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, ved the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida, and CharlottesvillLincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Litere, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. ature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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