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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules by David Sedaris, Cherry Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Akhil Sharma

From the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim comes a collection of the short stories David Sedaris loves most. Containing the work of both contemporary and classic writers, CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULES, edited and introduced by Sedaris, gives his legions of fans a glimpse at the writing he finds inspiring - and helps them discover the truth abut loneliness, hope, love, betrayal, and certain, but not all, monkeys.

David Sedaris fell in love with short stories while living in Odell, Oregon. Sedaris writes, "When apple-picking season ended, I got a job in a packing plant and gravitated toward short stories, which I could read during my break and reflect upon for the remainder of my shift. A good one would take me out of myself and stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit." Featuring such notable writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Lorrie Moore, and Joyce Carol Oates, readers will reconnect with classics, as well discover fantastic but lesser-known writers.

Included in CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULES are:
· Introduction by David Sedaris
· "Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired" by Richard Yates
· "Gryphon" by Charles Baxter
· "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri
· "The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield
· "Half A Grapefruit" by Alice Munro
· "Applause, Applause" by Jean Thompson
· "I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting" by Frank Gannon
· "Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out" by Patricia Highsmith
· "The Best of Betty" by Jincy Willett
· "Song of the Shirt, 1941" by Dorothy Parker
· "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" by Joyce Carol Oates
· "People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk" by Lorrie Moore
· "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor
· "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel
· "Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma
· "Irish Girl" by Tim Johnston
· "Bullet in the Brain" by Tobias Wolff
· Epilogue by Sarah Vowell

Borrowing the book's name from an Adriaen van der Werff painting, CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULES is David Sedaris's attempt to share his passion for short stories with a wider audience-and his enthusiasm is contagious. "The authors in this book are huge to me, and I am a comparative midget, scratching around in their collective shadow. 'Pint sized Fanatic Bowing Before Statues of Hercules' might have been more concise, but people don't paint things like that, and besides, it doesn't sound as good."

David Sedaris is publishing this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York. All of his proceeds, after permission expenses, from CHILDREN PLAYING BEFORE A STATUE OF HERCULES will benefit this organization designed to help students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English-language learning. In the book's epilogue, Sarah Vowell describes the fine work done by 826NYC.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743550192
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 30 min.
Pages: 3
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


David Sedaris published this book to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York that helps students ages six to eighteen develop their writing skills through free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English-language learning. Sedaris is the author of the internationally bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

December 26, 1956

Place of Birth:

Johnson City, New York

Education:

B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987

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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A dark and half-off-in-the-brain collection of some of the most BRILLIANT fiction I¿ve experienced. Hand picked by essayist David Sedaris (who also edited the collection and provides the introduction), ¿Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules¿ is an incredible literary journey. Five Stars. Two Thumbs Up. Whatever your favorite cliché is, for saying this is a ¿MUST READ¿ - it can be applied to this fun, dark, lonely, happy mix of brilliance. I also highly recommend:¿Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim¿, ¿My Fractured Life¿, and ¿Assassination Vacation.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge DS fan which is why I even allowed myself to be tortured this far into this book. Disappointing. I would give it 0 stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One if the more expensive ebooks. Sadly not much content by Sedaris himself. Feeling 2 stars expresses my disappointment and regret. Hopefully I find a B&N gift card in my future to offset this buyers remorse.
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