Lost in the City (20th Anniversary Edition)

Lost in the City (20th Anniversary Edition)

by Edward P. Jones


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062193216
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 558,384
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1950

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1972; M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1981

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Yardley

“Original and arresting. . . . [Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”

Terry McMillan

“Edward P. Jones has a commanding voice. His collection of stories is arresting.”

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Lost in the City 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
snash on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones is just an excellent collection of short stories set in Washington DC during the 50's to 70's. The characters are black, many elderly. Jones captures a mood and situation brilliantly. The stories reverberate with humanity struggling with the effort of making sense of life.
louisu on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book was actually read surprisingly quick after it was purchased. Within a few days, actually, miracles do happen on occasion. In fact that is what i felt when i read this book. Once again based on the writer's advent of winning awards like a Pulitzer I was encouraged to start buying his books. I had recently read the Dubblinners and was in the mood for short story book which are perfect for a train ride. I like the idea of finishing a story within the time and movements of a train ride through the El of Chicago are appealing to a book addict like myself.This book is a beautiful as a window into the ordinary movement and day to day motions of life. The stories range from the innocence of raising birds to a mother knowingly taking advantage of her sons new found fortune selling drugs on the street. A character appears in the story that mimics the actions of a child and yet commands the presence and respect of a adults through money and poison. At times it deals with the loneliness of life, friendship, and adrupt actions that can cahnge our daily existence.Never once in the reading of this book did I feel that the characters were fiction. The lives pictured moved past the story and if your imagination moved foward you could see the person age and grow along the way. In fact one character does seem to move foward in the book ever so slightly and makes two appearances, the first with no name. It deals with being black in America, something that many people don't understand or fail to comprehend. Growing up in places that mirror this existence gave me a better appreciation and understanding of the stories.This a book to be read slowly and more than once to make sure that the tapestry the writer presents can be fully understood. I may have to wait a while before i read it again to fully register it again.
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LoverOfLit More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome read of short stories about living in a city; specifically DC but anyone who grew up or lives in a city can relate to the landscape, the rich and interesting characters and the struggles of life. I would totally recommend this read coupled with All Aunt Hagar's Children; yes, they are connected.
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Quite honestly, I'm not really one to enjoy compilations of short stories-I tend to avoid them in the classroom and I rarely read them for fun because I don't care for them. Needless to say, I really didn't care for this book. The short stories weren't interesting to me, and I personally found a majority of them inappropriate. Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I don't think that every story needs references to sex or cussing to validate it, and I find myself becoming uncomfortable when I read stories like these. These stories were frustrating for me in that many of them just seem to end with no conclusion. They read in the same fashion as Flannery O'Conner, and as I wasn't a fan of her writing either, it makes sense that these short stories also wouldn't be for me. I do understand the premise for these short stories as Jones is writing what he knows, but I personally need something much more upbeat. One star.