Tell Me: 30 Stories / Edition 1

Tell Me: 30 Stories / Edition 1

by Mary Robison
     
 

Chosen from Robison's three long-unavailable collections, along with four new stories, Tell Me reflects the early brilliance as well as the fulfilled promise of Mary Robison's literary career. In these stories (most of which have appeared in The New Yorker), we enter her sly world of plotters, absconders, ponderers, and pontificators. Robison's characters have chips… See more details below

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Chosen from Robison's three long-unavailable collections, along with four new stories, Tell Me reflects the early brilliance as well as the fulfilled promise of Mary Robison's literary career. In these stories (most of which have appeared in The New Yorker), we enter her sly world of plotters, absconders, ponderers, and pontificators. Robison's characters have chips on their shoulders; they talk back to us in language that is edgy and nervy; they say "all right" and "okay" often, not because they consent, but because nothing counts. Still, there are small victories here, small only because, as Robison precisely documents, larger victories are impossible. Here then, among others, is "Pretty Ice," chosen by Richard Ford for The Granta Book of American Short Stories, "Coach," chosen for Best American Short Stories, "I Get By," an O. Henry Prize Stories selection, and "Happy Boy, Allen," a Pushcart Prize Stories selection. These stories-sharp, cool, and astringently funny-confirm Mary Robison's place as one of our most original writers and led Richard Yates to comment, "Robison writes like an avenging angel, and I think she may be a genius."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901582432587
Publisher:
Client Distribution Services, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Edition description:
NE

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Table of Contents

1Coach1
2An Amateur's Guide to the Night20
3Smoke33
4In the Woods40
5The Help45
6I Get By59
7Daughters68
8Seizing Control82
9Kite and Paint88
10Father, Grandfather95
11Trying105
12Pretty Ice117
13While Home125
14In Jewel138
15Happy Boy, Allen143
16I Am Twenty-One155
17Independence Day159
18Apostasy168
19For Real175
20May Queen183
21Your Errant Mom188
22The Wellman Twins199
23Mirror208
24Care217
25Doctor's Sons228
26What I Hear232
27Smart237
28Sisters252
29Likely Lake260
30Yours275

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