Someday This Will Be Funny [NOOK Book]

Overview


The stories in Some Day This Will Be Funny marry memory to moment in a union of narrative form as immaculate and imperfect as the characters damned to act them out on page. Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius, presides over the ceremony; Clarence Thomas, Marvin Gaye, and Madame Realism mingle at the reception. Narrators – by turn infamous and nameless – shift within their own skin, struggling to unknot reminiscence from reality while scenes rush into warm focus, then cool, twist, and snap in the breeze of ...
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Overview


The stories in Some Day This Will Be Funny marry memory to moment in a union of narrative form as immaculate and imperfect as the characters damned to act them out on page. Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius, presides over the ceremony; Clarence Thomas, Marvin Gaye, and Madame Realism mingle at the reception. Narrators – by turn infamous and nameless – shift within their own skin, struggling to unknot reminiscence from reality while scenes rush into warm focus, then cool, twist, and snap in the breeze of shifting thought. Epistle, quotation, and haiku bounce between lyrical passages of lucid beauty, echoing the scattered, cycling arpeggio of Tillman’s preferred subject: the unsettled mind. Collectively, these stories own a conscience shaped by oaths made and broken; by the skeleton silence and secrets of family; by love’s shifting chartreuse. They traffic in the quiet images of personal history, each one a flickering sacrament in danger of being swallowed up by the lust and desperation of their possessor: a fistful of parking tickets shoved in the glove compartment, a little black book hidden from a wife in a safe-deposit box, a planter stuffed with flowers to keep out the cooing mourning doves. They are stories fashioned with candor and animated by fits of wordplay and invention – stories that affirm Tillman’s unshakable talent for wedding the patterns and rituals of thought with the blushing immediacy of existence, defying genre and defining experimental short fiction.
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Editorial Reviews

Forrest Gander
The innovations that characterize Someday This Will Be Funny…are familiar enough to readers who survived the 20th century that there is no reason to qualify Tillman as an "experimental" writer. Emotional subtlety and psychological complexity are at the heart of her stories…Tillman is simply a terrific prose stylist whose work should have wide appeal…Someday This Will Be Funny has a casual exuberance that leaves the reader atilt, tenderized and more than a bit awed.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Tillman's gorgeous and potent latest (after American Genius) finds the innovative author embracing diverse, imaginative forms in these often brief but always intriguing tales. "Give Us Some Dirt" is a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that, in scarcely four pages, plays skillfully on multiple meanings of "dirt" and raises provocative questions about race. Feeling more like an essay than a story, "Love Sentence" considers the role of words as vehicles of intense emotions, particularly in the digital age. With subjects ranging from birds to Marvin Gaye to an ex-lover who has earned Tillman's wrath, these missives partake in an elegant, efficient use of language to challenge concepts of love, history, memory, and language. Tillman's compact narratives shine and stand up to multiple readings. (May)
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"Tillman’s gorgeous and potent latest finds the innovative author embracing diverse, imaginative forms in these often brief but always intriguing tales"&#8212Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Gorgeously at ease and technically virtuosic...Tillman is simply a terrific prose stylist whose work should have wide appeal&#8212"New York Times Book Review

"Clever intricate fictions that map both the complication and comedy of the moments that most writers miss&#8212"Times Literary Supplement

Library Journal
The 22 pieces by Tillman (American Genius) collected here vary wildly in length, complexity, and focus, pondering such topics as the color chartreuse, the moon, the behavior of mourning doves, and the difficulties of writing about love. Some of the stories take on the perspective of famous people: "Give Us Some Dirt" manages to serve up sympathy for Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings; "Later"—an elegiac piece about two music icons who died too soon—features a conversation between John Lennon and Marvin Gaye in which they sing each other's songs. The most traditional stories are about male-female relationships: in "The Substitute," a woman overanalyzes her budding romance, while in "Playing Hurt," a smart woman makes a bad marriage choice. The funniest stories are "A Simple Idea," which involves paranoia stemming from unpaid parking tickets, and "More Sex," in which a woman ruminates on how men can possibly think of sex every seven minutes, as one statistic suggests. VERDICT Tillman's stories, though not always engrossing, are consistently illuminating; best suited for serious, patient readers who are dedicated to wrangling with ideas. Fans of Donald Barthelme and William Gass will also appreciate. [This is part of Red Lemonade's debut list. More information at rnash.com.—Ed.]—Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935869139
  • Publisher: Cursor
  • Publication date: 4/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,173,461
  • File size: 288 KB

Meet the Author


Lynne Tillman (New York, NY) is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays and two other nonfiction books. She collaborates often with artists and writes regularly on culture, and her fiction is anthologized widely. Her last collection of short stories, This Is Not It, included 23 stories based on the work of 22 contemporary artists. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1998) which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987). The Broad Picture (1997) collected Tillman’s essays, which were published in literary and art periodicals. She is the Fiction Editor at Fence Magazine, Professor and Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany, and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Table of Contents

That's How Wrong My Love Is 1

The Unconscious is Also Ridiculous 9

The Substitute 11

Chartreuse 19

A Simple Idea 25

Give Us Some Dirt 31

Playing Hurt 35

More Sex 43

Dear Ollie 47

But There's A Family Resemblance 51

The Original Impulse 61

The Shadow of a Doubt 71

Lunacies 83

The Way We Are 87

A Greek Story 91

The Recipe 95

Later 107

Love Sentence 111

Impressions of an Artist, with Haiku 137

Madame Realism's Conscience 143

Save Me from the Pious and the Vengeful 153

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    Review of overview

    An overview needs to be something that we can quickly read and get to the bottom of and decide whether to buy the book. Prose can be left to the book. I have read and re-read the overview in a hurry to decide if I will buy the book. Based on this overview, it's a no. Can you or a reviewer who has already bought the book please give a synopsis of the book, it's tone, subject matter and what it is? Thank you.

    61 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Overview too confusing, what must the book be like

    Good Grief!! I got to the third line of the overview, tried to quickly skim over the rest of it but was unmoved. Just get to the point. Maybe Oprah should write the overview.

    49 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    What kind of overview was that?

    I agree with the previous reviewer. I struggled through the overview enough to be totally confused. I'll wait for someone else to read it first. That was very frustrating.

    42 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    The Review that killed the book!

    I was so glad to read that others felt the same as I about the review of this book. I wouldn't touch that book with a ten foot pole based on that review! If I were the author I would be furious!

    38 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    What???

    I don't read books just because Oprah likes them but this title caught my attention. I, like the others, was hoping to get a quick synopsis to help me decide if it would be an interesting read but alas...it was not to be.

    Too bad the overview is killing the ratings on what might be a decent book. I hope someone who has read it will respond.

    31 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    Please...somebody....

    Won't someone please read the book and tell us what it's about? Not one sentence in the review imparted anything that made sense to me. I thought it was just me until I read all of the other reviews. What a relief! Maybe I'm not as stupid as someone wants me to think I am.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    No Stars For the Overview, One Star for the title.

    The overview was obviously written by a pretentious fop Perhaps someday this overview will be funny, but for now it painful.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Who wrote this overview?

    Either the book is vague and wandering, and the author of the overview is attempting to mask its horridity, or s/he is trying to assert his own florid writing style, irrespective of the actual stories in the book. I usually enjoy books on Oprah's list, but this overview is killing this book. Forget it, until someone says what the book is really about.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    totally irrelevant review

    Animated by fits of wordplay? Really? Was this written by a fifth grader or a robot reviewer. Come on B&n get real give us a review that actually tells something about the book. Make us want to read the book!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Well, this took me back....still wondering "to where"!

    I agree with most of the other reviewers...it's true...Someday This Will Be Funny and that's just the overview. This took me back to my college English courses where I had to sit and try to understand "how" things came together in a piece of literature and not "why" they congealed. There is a method to the madness that is presented in the overview but it is so weighty. If I have to spend that much time on an overview, I'm afraid of the time I have to spend on the actual reading of the book. It might be intriguing to some; but I believe I will pass on this one.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Overview and book

    Dear Barnes & Noble -- Please hire someone to read the book and give a straightforward, useful overview. Your own sales will surely go up.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    To the Overview Writer -- go write a book already!

    My goodness, I was so turned off by the oveview that I just could not bring myself to buy the book. I gave up after re-reading the first couple of sentences at least 3 times.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    What a waste! Would pick ZERO stars above if I could!

    I unfortunately purchased this book. I got through about 60 painful pages. Do not plan to read anymore of it. I would not recommend this book to anyone. With Oprah's busy life I don't know how she had time to waste it on this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Re, overveiw

    If the author wants his book read, maybe b&n should offer the book for free. I dont think anyone will pay to read it the eay the overveiw stands right now. What were they thinking

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    What is it about?

    I, like the others, was intrigued enough by the title to want to find out more. Alas, the overview was so daunting, I barely made it through the first few lines without giving up. I believe this is likely causing the book to be unfairly rated. Surely there has to be a simpler way to provide a synopsis?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    hahaha- what an overview!

    yes I am another person commenting on the awful synopsis! i thought it was just me! my professor used to say, k.i.s.s. it-- keep it simple stupid! no offense, but get to the point without trying to be cute...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Worst Overview Ever!

    Worst Overview Ever! But thought I would provide feedback about the book. From the online reviews (not related to B & N) this is a wordy book, full of short stories and annoying wordplay that will never be funny. If you like I found the Overview annoying and lengthly then you probably won't like this book. Even Oprah gets it wrong sometimes.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    One star for the title

    I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one confused about what this book was actually about, The title itself caught my attention and yet I am still wondering what this book is about ??????? Well I'm about to get the free sample and I shall let someone know if it's worth a read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    I'm over it

    I, like the previous reviewers, became so confused that I gave up. Why does it have to be so surreal? Clarence Thomas and Marvin Gaye mingling? Forget about it not interested

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Good Grief!!

    I am underwhelmed by the "overview". So many words making so little sense. The Editorial Review wasn't much help either....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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