Excitability: Selected Stories 1986-1996

Excitability: Selected Stories 1986-1996

by Diane Williams
     
 

Excitability collects the best of Diane Williams's bold, often hilarious, stories of love, sex, child-rearing, death, and space aliens--stories that are (in the words of Bradford Morrow) "wry, sensuous, spiritual, wise, raunchy, familial... alive to the contradictory nuances which define our lives."

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Excitability collects the best of Diane Williams's bold, often hilarious, stories of love, sex, child-rearing, death, and space aliens--stories that are (in the words of Bradford Morrow) "wry, sensuous, spiritual, wise, raunchy, familial... alive to the contradictory nuances which define our lives."

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"Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia." --Matthew Stadler,New York Times Book Review

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"Diane Williams reminds me a little of Jane Bowles, a little of Laura Riding. She is one of the very few contemporary prose writers who seem to be doing something independent, energetic, heartfelt." --Lydia Davis

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"Williams is a practitioner of the new prose genre dubbed "sudden fiction."... She is a master of sorts, who when she wants to, rises to a poetry of great, if telegraphic intensity." --Eli Gottlieb,Elle

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Eli Gottlieb
Williams is a practitioner of the new prose genre dubbed sudden fiction . . . . She is a master of sorts, who when she wants to, rises to a poetry of great, if telegraphic intensity.Elle 10-90
Matthew Stadler
Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia.New York Times Book Review
Dallas News
Like Donald Barthelme and Franz Kafka, Williams at times is able to boil down the obtuse complexities of the body, the mind, the soul, etc., and fashion them into a compact cudgel with the power to flatten the receptive reader.
Gardner McFall
Excitability is an apt precis of this . . .book's lightning-quick, innovative style. -- The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781970
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Lydia Davis
Diane Williams reminds me a little of Jane Bowles, a little of Laura Riding. She is one of the very few contemporary prose writers who seem to be doing something independent, energetic, heartfelt.
Denis Donoghue
Williamss stories are as short as they could be, but their latitude of implication is remarkable. In them manifold pleasures of recognition, surmise, divination, accrue to us.

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