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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Elle · San Francisco Chronicle ·New Statesman · Frieze · The Irish Times · Vulture · 3:AM Magazine. Chosen by The Millions and Flavorwire as one of the most-anticipated books of 2016.

The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called "folk tales that hammer like a nail gun," and these 40 new ones are sharper than ever. They are unsettling, yes, frequently revelatory, and more often than not downright funny.

Not a single moment here is what you might expect. While there is immense pleasure to be found in Williams's spot-on observations about how we behave in our highest and lowest moments, the heart of the drama beats in the language of American short fiction's grand master, whose originality, precision, and power bring the familiar into startling and enchanted relief.


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Apr 27, 2016

"And then weighing down her shoulders, there was the golden hoard--for future use--of bull***."
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How do you feel about the short story? How about stories that are 2 pages long? Diane Williams's short stories are very short. In fact, I'm not even sure they're stories. Frankly, I don't know what they are, but I know they're not "folktales that hammer like a nail gun," whatever that means. Published by McSweeney's, Williams writes in their sort of house style, which is vaguely experimental, dryly ironic, and not very good. Lydia Davis, who lends a blurb here, is the obvious forerunner. I'll freely get that I don't get it. I did like that I could read the book in about an hour while watching TV. If you like Davis, George Saunders, or Miranda July, you'll probably dig this.


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