Perfect Recall: New Stories

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Scribner, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 347 pages
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Ann Beattie published her first short story in "The New Yorker" in 1972. Twenty-eight years later, she received the 2000 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is, as the "Washington Post Book World" said, "one of our era's most vital masters of the short form."

The eleven stories in her new work are peopled by characters coming to terms with the legacies of long-held family myths or confronting altered circumstances -- new frailty or sudden, unlikely success. Beattie's ear for language, her complex and subtle wit, and her profound compassion are unparalleled.

From the elegiac story "The Famous Poet, Amid Bougainvillea," in which two men trade ruminations on illness, art, and servitude, to "The Big-Breasted Pilgrim," wherein a famous chef gets a series of bewildering phone calls from George Stephanopoulos, "Perfect Recall" comprises Beattie's strongest work in years. It is a riveting commentary on the way we live now by a spectacular prose artist.

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People whom trouble always seems to find and introspective victims of fractured relationships are the featured players in Beattie's strong seventh collection—published in the immediate wake of the ... Read full review

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Beattie is one of the most highly acclaimed and prolific prose writers of the last three decades (her work includes six novels and six previous story collections, three of which have pieces included ... Read full review

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Ann Beattie has published six previous collections of stories and six novels. She has been included in three O. Henry Award collections and John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century. She has received an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

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