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Lust and Other Stories

Lust and Other Stories

by Susan Minot
     
 

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The author of Monkeys and Evening focuses her observant eye and lyrical voice on the delicate emotional negotiations of young New Yorkers.  As in a series of deceptively simple watercolors, these stories uncover small moments that yield larger truths—about the ways in which women and men come together and come apart again, about the

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The author of Monkeys and Evening focuses her observant eye and lyrical voice on the delicate emotional negotiations of young New Yorkers.  As in a series of deceptively simple watercolors, these stories uncover small moments that yield larger truths—about the ways in which women and men come together and come apart again, about the disappointments and hopes of lovers who know what they want but don't always know how to keep.  A deeply poignant meditation on the nature of desire and loss.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Susan Minot has a laser instinct for the clinching detail and the giveaway phrase.... A writer to watch."—Time

"Minot is a master at putting into frame and focus the tiny, daily scenes that reverberate with large implication."—Mademoiselle

"A superbly organized, poignant and profound collection."—The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here it is always women who love too much and self-sufficient men who act like heels. ``After Minot's promising debut with Monkeys , the short stories in this slender collection are disappointingly one-dimensional,'' commented PW . `` Although cleanly crafted, immediate and endowed with lifelike dialogue, these stories are opaque shards of experience, unyielding, depressive and even trite.'' (June)
Library Journal
Minot follows up her heralded first novel, Monkeys ( LJ 4/15/86), with a searing exploration of male-female relationships. Although the title of her most recent effort suggests a steamy sensuality, the tone is more one of sexual license. In ``The Man Who Would Not Go Away,'' the protagonist laments that though ``the first feeling of love is always serene and happy . . . I kept it to myself, knowing it was not what the man was after, knowing that it was in fact what he was running quickly from.'' Men remain emotionally distant and unwilling to commit throughout these 12 short stories, while women attempt to hold back. Alas, love insinuates itself and the man disappears. Minot's writing is sparse and poetic, painfully close to the surface. Her stories are insightful and worldly wise, cynical about love but unable to escape its lure.-- Kimberly G. Allen, National Housing Ctr. Lib., Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375709258
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
1 VINTAGE
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
618,143
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Thomas McGuane
Susan Minot touches us by her accurate humanity.
Anne Tyler
Susan Minot is one of the youngest and most impressive arrivals on the literary scene.

Meet the Author

Susan Minot lives in New York City.

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