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Natural Shocks

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Written by one of America's finest contemporary novelists, Natural Shocks is a witty, wonderfully intelligent novel about a successful journalist who suddenly finds himself jolted by the "natural shocks" of his private life. A new foreword by James Schiffer relates the novel to our time and describes the mastery which in 1985 won Stern the Medal of Merit for the Novel given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

One reader writes, "I read Natural Shocks as a student, and ...

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Overview


Written by one of America's finest contemporary novelists, Natural Shocks is a witty, wonderfully intelligent novel about a successful journalist who suddenly finds himself jolted by the "natural shocks" of his private life. A new foreword by James Schiffer relates the novel to our time and describes the mastery which in 1985 won Stern the Medal of Merit for the Novel given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

One reader writes, "I read Natural Shocks as a student, and this novel has stayed with me over the years. I recall the poignant pain-pleasure I experienced in reading of the approaching death of an 18-year old woman from melanoma, and the protagonist's unaccountable love and grief...rereading the novel, I am better able to place this moment within the book's deeper themes about writing, responsibility, accountability, betrayal, and love."

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Editorial Reviews

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"Natural Shocks bears Richard Stern's special mark: sweet purity of feeling joined to an enviable and dazzling knowledge of the globe's daily business." -Phillip Roth

"Like all accomplished works of art, Natural Shocks moves along so easily and spontaneously that it virtually resists close examination.... Mr. Stern is a craftsman par excellence."
-New York Times

"Stern is a remarkably deft and witty writer.... His theme-the retreat from human feeling and a reawakening to it-is as grand as any that fiction can accommodate." -Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810151475
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2004
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Stern is the Helen A. Regenstein Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. In 1985 he won the Medal of Merit for the Novel awarded every six years by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His recent works include Pacific Tremors, published by TriQuarterly Books in 2001, and What Is What Was (Chicago, 2001). Almonds to Zhoof, The Collected Stories of Richard Stern is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books in Fall 2004.
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