Victory Over Japanby Ellen Gilchrist
Originally published in 1984, this collection of 14 short stories set in Arkansas and Mississippi went on to win that year’s National Book Award for fiction, confirming Ellen Gilchrist’s place as one of the preeminent literary talents of her generation. VICTORY OVER JAPAN takes us into the lives of an unforgettable group of Southern women —… See more details below
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Originally published in 1984, this collection of 14 short stories set in Arkansas and Mississippi went on to win that year’s National Book Award for fiction, confirming Ellen Gilchrist’s place as one of the preeminent literary talents of her generation. VICTORY OVER JAPAN takes us into the lives of an unforgettable group of Southern women — beautiful, complicated, enchanting, and sometimes dangerous — in and out of bars, marriages, divorces, lovers' arms, and even earthquakes, in an attempt to find happiness, or at least some satisfaction. Throughout these stories, one hears echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, but Ms. Gilchrist has her own unique literary voice, and it is outrageously funny, moving, tragic, and always appealing. Now available in ebook for the first time!
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Ellen Gilchrist is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including novels, short story collections, essays and poetry. Her new collection of stories, ACTS OF GOD, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin, along with the paperback release of her novel A DANGEROUS AGE. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Arkansas.
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Irresistible Southern fiction! Don't let the title throw you off; this is not a book about World War II. Rather, it is a richly imagined short story collection set in and around New Orleans and San Francisco in the 70s and 80s. It follows some of Ellen Gilchrist's most iconic and recurring characters--Rhoda Manning, Nora Jane, Crystal, and Traceleen. As a reader of primarily young adult and women’s fiction novels, I loved the development of these women over the various stories--we see Rhoda as a young child, teenager, and adult, which gives the reader a unique insight into her coming of age. She's precocious, obstinate, love-struck, scheming, wise, and yet naive all wrapped up in one. Gilchrist's ability to create complex characters that jump off the page is truly masterful; the women she follows tend to be spoiled, dramatic, and over-the-top but they're thoroughly enjoyable, compelling, and relatable, which I think is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and Gilchrist's language is evocative with humor and wit shining through. Just take the chapter and section titles--some of my favorites are “Crazy, Crazy Now Showing Everywhere” and “Miss Crystal’s Maid Name Traceleen, She’s Talking, She’s Telling Everything She Knows”. Highly recommended for readers of women’s fiction, literary fiction, and Southern fiction.