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The Collected Stories
     

The Collected Stories

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This reissue of Grace Paley's classic collection—a finalist for the National Book Award—demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary insight into and compassion for her characters, moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again. Whether writing about the love (and conflict) between parents and children or between husband and

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This reissue of Grace Paley's classic collection—a finalist for the National Book Award—demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary insight into and compassion for her characters, moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again. Whether writing about the love (and conflict) between parents and children or between husband and wife, or about the struggles of aging single mothers or disheartened political organizers to make sense of the world, she brings the same unerring ear for the rhythm of life as it is actually lived.

The Collected Stories is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

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Library Journal
This collection brings together Paley's three previous volumes of stories: The Little Disturbances of Man (1959; Penguin, 1985. reprint), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Farrar, 1974), and Later the Same Day ( LJ 1/86). Paley's inventive style and her funny, feisty, irreverent characters create vivid slices of life. Her stories often concern women coping with children alone, as in ``An Interest in Life,'' where a woman has an affair after her husband deserts her. A continuing character, Faith, is a divorced woman with children who gets her emotional support from her women friends. In ``Faith in a Tree,'' Faith's interests expand to include politics after she witnesses an antiwar demonstration in the park. In ``A Conversation with My Father,'' a writer explains that even a story's terrible ending is not final--the characters could still change. This possibility of hope permeates all Paley's stories, creating a rich treasury of unexpected pleasures and revealing truths. Essential.-- Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L., Ohio
From the Publisher

“Grace Paley makes me weep and laugh--and admire. She is that rare kind of writer, a natural, with a voice like no one else's: funny, sad, lean, modest, energetic, acute.” —Susan Sontag

“A solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life.” —Walter Clemons, Newsweek

“I can't think of another writer who captures the itch of the city, the love between parents and children, or the cutting edge of combat, as well.” —Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374126360
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.

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The Collected Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Brosna11 More than 1 year ago
Grace Paley is a woman of humor and wide perception. Her ear for the subtleties of downtown New York City life is without competition. As Isaac Singer picks up the nuances of people at the 42nd St. Automat, so Grace picks up the banter between characters from Jewish theater downtown. As a narrator, she is a neutral observer. If you always wanted to meet characters from the lower east side, these stories are for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago