A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry

A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry

by Grace Paley


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ISBN-13: 9780374537418
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 569,548
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Grace Paley, born in the Bronx in 1922, was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kevin Bowen xi

Introduction: "The Saint of Seeing" George Saunders xv

I Stories

From The Little Disturbances of Man

Goodbye and Good Luck 5

A Woman, Young and Old 16

The Loudest Voice 29

An Interest in Life 36

Two Short Sad Stories from a Long and Happy Life 53

1 The Used-Boy Raisers 53

2 A Subject of Childhood 60

From Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

Living 71

Come On, Ye Sons of Art 74

Faith in a Tree 81

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 102

A Conversation with My Father 119

The Long-Distance Runner 125

From Later the Same Day

Friends 145

Mother 159

Ruthy and Edie 161

Zagrowsky Tells 170

II Essays

From Just As I Thought

Injustice 193

The Illegal Days 198

Jobs 206

Six Days: Some Rememberings 209

Cop Tales 216

The Seneca Stones: Tales from the Women's Peace Encampment 220

Women's Pentagon Action Unity Statement 229

Of Poetry and Women and the World 235

Thinking About Barbara Deming 242

The Gulf War 247

Report from North Vietnam 263

El Salvador 270

Other People's Children 275

Some Notes on Teaching: Probably Spoken 286

Imagining the Present 292

The Value of Not Understanding Everything 298

Feelings in the Presence of the Sight and Sound of the Bread and Puppet Theater 303

Traveling 305

From Long Walks and Intimate Talks

Midrash on Happiness 313

III Poems

Fidelity 319

For Danny 320

My Mother: 33 Years Later 321

Suddenly There's Poughkeepsie 323

In the Bus 325

A Poem About Storytelling 326

News 328

Connections: Vermont Vietnam (I) 329

Connections: Vermont Vietnam (II) 330

In San Salvador (I) 332

That Country 333

On the Ramblas A Tree A Girl 334

People in My Family 335

My Father at 85 336

Sisters 337

On Occasion 339

Anti-Love Poem 340

My Sister and My Grandson 341

Fathers 342

Luck 343

The Hard-Hearted Rich 344

Responsibility 345

For My Daughter 346

Letter 347

Fear 348

Families 349

Saint-John's-wort! 350


Then 352

Is There a Difference Between Men and Women 354

Definition 356

Education 357

One Day 358

This Hill 359

Afterword Nora Paley 361

Chronology 365

A Short List for Suggested Further Reading 369

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