Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories

Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories

by Erin McGraw

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Overview

“McGraw is wise and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, with a seventh sense for the perfect turn of phrase . . . This quintessential collection of stories serves as an homage to the form while showcasing McGraw’s stunning talent and deep empathy for the idiosyncrasies, small joys, and despairs of human nature." —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)


In Joy, narrators step out of themselves to explain their lives to us, sometimes defensively, sometimes regretfully, other times deceitfully. Voices include those of the impulsive first-time murderer, the depressed pet sitter, the assistant of Patsy Cline, the anxiety-riddled new mother, the aged rock-and-roller, the girlfriend of your husband—human beings often (incredibly) unaware of the turning points staring them in the face.


"How can stories this brief be so satisfying? . . . [McGraw] deals with the profound, the dire, the mundane, and the ridiculous, paying particular attention to relationships between parents and children, siblings, spouses, criminals, and their victims. While some stories are meant purely to amuse, many are intense and beautiful . . . Fifty-three gems that demonstrate all the things a short story can do. Wow." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640093522
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 731,678
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

ERIN McGRAW, born and raised in Southern California, lived and taught for many years in the Midwest before retiring to rural Tennessee with her husband, poet
Andrew Hudgins, and their dogs. Find out more at erinmcgraw.com.

Table of Contents

America

Comfort (1)

Comfort (2)

Compliments

The Tenth Student

Second Sight

Phantom

Cloth

Friendship

Hallelujah Day

Haircut

Rock and Roll

L.A.

Before

Spice

Learning

Hope

Breaking Glass

Sympathy

Ava Gardner Goes Home

Law and Order

Love

Management

Snitch

Edits

Hello from an Old Friend

Cat

Nobody Happy

Soup (1)

Soup (2)

Soup (3)

Song

Fat

Pebble

Pariah

Priest

Artist

Parable

Happiness

Dogs

Job

Wedding Gown

Joy

Peru

Necropolis

Honor

Bucket (1)

Bucket (2)

Cliche

Nutcracker

Stingers

Teeth

Prayer

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