Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

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In this collection of short stories, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review). In this collection of seventeen stories, she creates a "solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life" (Walter Clemons, ...

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Overview

In this collection of short stories, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review). In this collection of seventeen stories, she creates a "solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).

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Editorial Reviews

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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

"Grace Paley is a wonderful writer and troublemaker. We are fortunate to have her in our country."—Donald Barthelme

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

"Technically, Grace Paley's work makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant. Each one of her stories has more abundant inner life than most other people's novels . . . Her prose presents a series of miracles of poetic compression."—Angela Carter, London Review of Books

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374515249
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 478,375
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Paley remains one of America's most revered short story writers. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922, Paley established a reputation as a bard of Jewish New York with highly acclaimed collections like "The Little Disturbances of Man" (1959), "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute" (1974), and "Later the Same Day" (1985). Her most recent work, "The Collected Stories," was published in 1994 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Table of Contents

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

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Enormous Changes at the Last Minute changed Me

    Grace Paley is an outstanding author. I recommend this to any book lover. Each chapter is a different story, and while some i enjoyed more than others, each was had its own quarks that i enjoyed. Paley leaves images and words pressed into your mind leaving you amazed. more than anything Paley is extraordinary at picking the perfect words to leave an impression. I at least recommend reading the chapter "Come on, Ye Sons of Art." Witch, alone, is a wonderful story. Read this book and you won't regret it.

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