The End of the Story

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Mislabeled boxes, problems with visiting nurses, confusing notes, an outing to the county fair—such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the Story as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a novel. With compassion, wit, and what appears to be candor, she seeks to determine what she actually knows about herself and her past, but we begin to suspect, along with her, that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding, any tale retrieved from the past must be ...

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Overview

Mislabeled boxes, problems with visiting nurses, confusing notes, an outing to the county fair—such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the Story as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a novel. With compassion, wit, and what appears to be candor, she seeks to determine what she actually knows about herself and her past, but we begin to suspect, along with her, that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding, any tale retrieved from the past must be fiction.

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"Constructed in brutally perceptive and dazzlingly revelatory prose, this is a stunning work."—Booklist

"This breathtakingly elegant and unsentimental first novel is about passion, regret, and memory: about the psychology of the spot where recollection and loss intersect."—Details

"Extraordinary...the risks Davis takes by depriving herself of a traditional structure are enormous."—Newsday

"[The End of the Story] succeeds in...giving the reader both the story and the painful work that goes into its making, and as such it is not only beautiful, but an extraordinary and very modern achievement."—The New York Observer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Davis's first novel offers a highly introspective account of the aftermath of a short-lived love affair. (May)
Library Journal
The narrator of this novel, who never reveals her name, is writing a novel about an obsessive relationship she had with a younger man. Although the woman did not seem totally committed while the couple was together, she became completely obsessed with her former partner after they separated. This first-person remembrance, with events imprecisely defined and sometimes out of sequence, is self-conscious and introspective. The narration is highly descriptive, and there is no dialog. The narrator comments that "my thoughts are not orderly-one is interrupted by another, or one contradicts another, and in addition to that, my memories are quite often false, confused, abbreviated, or collapsed into one another." A more apt description of the style would be hard to imagine. For anyone who has had a failed intimate relationship, this book could be uncomfortable reading. From the author of Break It Down (Farrar, 1986), a short story collection.-Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Corporate Information Resources Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312423711
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 218,866
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Davis is the author of the story collections Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, Almost No Memory, and Break It Down. Recently named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, she has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Award, a Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award, and a Chevalier from the French government.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    She writes like no one else!

    A truly original writer who inspires you to think about life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    A Thinking Woman's Bridget Jones

    Any of us literary intellectual type gals who have had a crush that we loathed ourselves for but had the crush anyway will love this book. We will all recognize ourselves in this witty tongue not totally in cheek love story. The college town milieu is perfectly drawn.

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