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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 20, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Haunting and disturbingly powerful, these stories established Ann Beattie as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction and an absolute master of the short-story form. Beattie captures perfectly the profound longings that came to define an entire generation with insight, compassion, and humor.

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As an act of faith—one hopes rewarded—this collection of short stories is to be published simultaneously with Ann Beattie's Chilly Scenes of Winter. The temperature's the same—"It's hard to imagine ... Read full review


Snakes Shoes
Fancy Flights
Imagined Scenes
Wally WhistlesDixie
Marshalls Dog
Hale Hardyand the AmazingAnimal Woman
Four StoriesAbout Lovers
Wolf Dreams
TheParking Lot
Its JustAnother Dayin Big Bear CityCalifornia
Victor Blue
The Lifeguard

A PlatonicRelationship
Eric ClaptonsLover

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About the author (2011)

Born in 1947, Ann Beattie grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., attended college at American University, and went on to do graduate work in English literature at the University of Connecticut. She began writing stories out of frustration with her doctoral work. After rejecting twenty-two submissions, The New Yorker published Beattie's "A Platonic Relationship" in 1974, and Beattie became a regular contributor to the magazine. Her first collection of stories, Distortions, and her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, appeared simultaneously in 1976 and initiated a long-standing critical debate as to whether Beattie's greater strength is in the story or the novel. All critics agree, however, on the uniqueness of her style and her uncanny ability to expose certain truths about contemporary life, particularly as it lived by those of her own generation and social class. She lives in Maine and Key West with her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry.

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