Secrets & Surprises
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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SECRETS AND SURPRISESUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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