Lost in the City (20th Anniversary Edition)

Lost in the City (20th Anniversary Edition)

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by Edward P. Jones
     
 

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“Original and arresting….[Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”
Washington Post

 “These 14 stories of African-American life…affirm humanity as only good literature can.”
 —Los Angeles Times

A magnificent collection of short fiction

Overview

“Original and arresting….[Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”
Washington Post

 “These 14 stories of African-American life…affirm humanity as only good literature can.”
 —Los Angeles Times

A magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.C., Lost in the City is the book that first brought author Edward P. Jones to national attention. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and numerous other honors for his novel The Known World, Jones made his literary debut with these powerful tales of ordinary people who live in the shadows in this metropolis of great monuments and rich history. Lost in the City received the Pen/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and was a National Book Award Finalist. This beautiful 20th Anniversary Edition features a new introduction by the author, and is a wonderful companion piece to Jones’s masterful novel and his second acclaimed collection of stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“A powerful fiction debut.”
USA Today
“[A] powerful…generous…collection.”
Washington Times
“Poignant. . . . Gripping. . . . [Jones] has a careful ear for dialogue.”
Terry McMillan
“Edward P. Jones has a commanding voice. His collection of stories is arresting.”
Jonathan Yardley
“Original and arresting. . . . [Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062193216
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
238,215
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

What People are saying about this

Jonathan Yardley
“Original and arresting. . . . [Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”
Terry McMillan
“Edward P. Jones has a commanding voice. His collection of stories is arresting.”

Meet the Author

Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1950
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1972; M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1981

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Lost in the City 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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LoverOfLit More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome read of short stories about living in a city; specifically DC but anyone who grew up or lives in a city can relate to the landscape, the rich and interesting characters and the struggles of life. I would totally recommend this read coupled with All Aunt Hagar's Children; yes, they are connected.
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Quite honestly, I'm not really one to enjoy compilations of short stories-I tend to avoid them in the classroom and I rarely read them for fun because I don't care for them. Needless to say, I really didn't care for this book. The short stories weren't interesting to me, and I personally found a majority of them inappropriate. Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I don't think that every story needs references to sex or cussing to validate it, and I find myself becoming uncomfortable when I read stories like these. These stories were frustrating for me in that many of them just seem to end with no conclusion. They read in the same fashion as Flannery O'Conner, and as I wasn't a fan of her writing either, it makes sense that these short stories also wouldn't be for me. I do understand the premise for these short stories as Jones is writing what he knows, but I personally need something much more upbeat. One star.