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: 9781640092099
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 963,576
File size: 815 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 their dogs. Find out more at erinmcgraw.com.
Born and raised in southern California, ERIN McGRAW 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 prior books, three novels and three collections of stories, along with essays and occasional journalism.

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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