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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"The stories are wonderful to tell aloud....Gilchrist once again demonstrates not only her willingness to take risks, but her generosity as a writer as well."
USA Today
"Gilchrist's writing is funny, wise, and wonderful. There are plenty of small, goofy victories for us to cheer at in this book. That's good news for all of us who wish these stories could go on and on."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This book is a delight. Once you meet Gilchrist's characters, you want to know them better. The only thing wrong with Gilchrist's collection is that it had to end."
Washington Post
"To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing....No kidding: Victory Over Japan is a knockout."
Time Literary Supplement - Times Literary Supplement
"What comes through best is the infectious, languorous accent of the Delta. The plots are charming too, indulgently furnished as they are with drink, drugs, 'Crab Thibodeaux and Shrimp Mousse and Softshell Crabs Richard,' and more money than people know what to do with...the modern South which she creates is a great pleasure to visit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316313070
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/30/1985
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 355,128
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Irresistible Southern fiction! Don't let the title throw you off

    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.

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    Posted May 9, 2013

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