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This engagingly human and candid novel takes us deep into a world of obsession in which a happily settled woman attempts to piece together the fragments of an unresolved episode from her past. She recalls a period when, as a writer in her thirties, she was living and working on the other coast and found herself involved in a powerful yet uncertain relationship with a much younger man. As she examines and reinterprets events from the distance of time, she recounts in absorbing detail the increasing complexity of her experience, its gradual dissolution, and the disorienting spaces it left behind. With ruthless honesty, artful analysis, and crystalline depictions of human and natural landscapes, The End of the Story combines a deeply serious intention with an abiding sense of the absurd as it illuminates the dilemmas of loss and the fallibility of memory.
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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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"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

Booklist

Constructed in brutally perceptive and dazzlingly revelatory prose, this is a stunning work.
Details

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

Extraordinary...the risks Davis takes by depriving herself of a traditional structure are enormous.
The New York Observer

[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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852424206
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: High Risk Books Series
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 4.99 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.84 (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

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    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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