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At long last, here are all of Grace Paley's classic stories collected in one volume. From her first book, The Little Disturbances of Man, published in 1959, to Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974) and Later the Same Day (1985), Grace Paley's quirky, boisterous characters and rich use of language have won her readers' hearts and secured her place as one of America's most accomplished writers. Grace Paley's stories are united by her signature interweaving of personal and political truths, by her extraordinary...
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Overview

At long last, here are all of Grace Paley's classic stories collected in one volume. From her first book, The Little Disturbances of Man, published in 1959, to Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974) and Later the Same Day (1985), Grace Paley's quirky, boisterous characters and rich use of language have won her readers' hearts and secured her place as one of America's most accomplished writers. Grace Paley's stories are united by her signature interweaving of personal and political truths, by her extraordinary capacity for empathy, and by her pointed, funny depiction a the small and large events that make up city life. As her work progresses, we encounter many of the same characters and revisit the same sites, bearing witness to a community as it develops and matures, becoming part ourselves of a dense and vital world that is singular yet achingly familiar.

Here are all of Grace Paley's classic stories collected in one volume, from her first book The Little Disturbances of Man, published in 1959, to Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Later the Same Day (1985).

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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
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374524319
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/30/1995
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Paley divides her time between New York City and Thetford Hill, Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Two Ears, Three Lucks Goodbye and Good Luck A Woman, Young and Old The Pale Pink Roast The Loudest Voice The Contest An Interest in Life An Irrevocable Diameter Two Short Sad Stories from a Long and Happy Life The Used-Boy Raisers A Subject of Childhood In Time, Which Made a Monkey of Us All The Floating Truth Wants Debts Distance Faith in the Afternoon Gloomy Tune Living Come On, Ye Sons of Art Faith in a Tree Samuel The Burdened Man Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Politics Northeast Playground The Little Girl A Conversation with My Father The Immigrant Story The Long-Distance Runner Love Dreamer in a Dead Language In the Garden Somewhere Else Lavinia: An Old Story Friends At That Time, or The History of a Joke Anxiety In This Country, but in Another Language, My Aunt Refuses to Marry the Men Everyone Wants Her To Mother Ruthy and Edie A Man Told Me the Story of His Life The Story Hearer This Is a Story about My Friend George, the Toy Inventor Zagrowsky Tells The Expensive Moment Listening

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Down to earth in Greenwich Village

    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.

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