Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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David Sedaris
Simon and Schuster, Apr 4, 2005 - Fiction - 352 pages
263 Reviews
A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.
 

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Excellent writing, wonderful thoughtful stories. - Goodreads
A couple of them I wasn't thrilled with the ending. - Goodreads
A great and varied selection of short stories. - Goodreads
great introduction to some fantastic writers. - Goodreads
A great selection of stories. - Goodreads
I think Sedaris is very funny and his writing is witty. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Barbara Sibbald - Goodreads

These are some of the stories that inspired David Sedaris to begin writing. I understand why. It's a quirky collection with some of the usual stars (Half a Grapefruit, by Alice Munro and The Garden ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katrina - Goodreads

This book is a collection of short stories selected by David Sedaris. Sedaris provides a lovely introduction. I loved all of these stories especially the Patricia Highsmith story of a young New Yorker ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction David Sedaris
1
Oh Joseph Im So Tired Richard Yates
9
Gryphon Charles Baxter
37
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
57
The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
83
Half a Grapefruit Alice Munro
101
Applause Applause Jean Thompson
121
I Know What Im Doing About All the Attention Ive Been Getting Frank Gannon
141
The Girl with the Blackened Eye Joyce Carol Oates
199
Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk Lorrie Moore
213
Revelation Flannery OConnor
251
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolsen Is Buried Amy Hempel
277
Cosmopolitan Akhil Sharma
289
Irish Girl Tim Johnston
317
Bullet in the Brain Tobias Wolff
331
About 826NYC Sarah Vowell
339

Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out Patricia Highsmith
145
The Best of Betty Jincy Willett
165
Song of the Shirt 1941 Dorothy Parker
189
Permissions Acknowledgments
343
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David Sedaris published this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York that helps students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English-language learning. Sedaris is the author of the internationally bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

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