Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories

Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories

by Erin McGraw

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"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)


Claire Messud described Erin McGraw’s last collection of stories as “at once laugh-out-loud funny and utterly serious, [exploring] life’s profundity through its details.” This is even more true with McGraw’s new collection, Joy.

In these very short stories, 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.

Crossing time, states, class, and religions, McGraw’s stories are on the edge, causing you to wince even as you laugh. And McGraw will draw you to a deep need to read some sentences aloud—a sweet voice, a shrewd insight, some uneasy charm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092099
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 532,715
File size: 511 KB

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 her dogs. She has written six previous books—three novels and three collections of stories—along with essays and occasional journalism. 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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