Secrets and Surprises

Secrets and Surprises

by Ann Beattie
     
 

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These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories — "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few — seem even more

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These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories — "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few — seem even more powerful, and are read and studied as classics of the short-story form. Spare and elegant, yet charged with feeling and with the tension of things their characters cannot say, they are masterly portraits of improvised lives.

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"Powerful and plausible...Beattie is a remarkable talent."—Chicago Sun-Times

"Ann Beattie's stories are the most perceptive since Salinger's. They are not just good writing, not just true to life; they have wonder in them and vision." — Mary Lee Settle

"Superb."—Boston Globe

"Talented and sensitive...works of vivid honesty and insight."— Washington Post

Also by Ann Beattie, available in Vintage Contemporaries: Chilly Scenes of Winter, Distortions, Falling in Place, Love Always, Picturing Will

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679731931
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/1991
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,191,258
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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Mary Lee Settle
"Anne Beattie's stories are the most perceptive since Salinger's. They are not just good writing, not just true to life; they have wonder in them and vision."

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