The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story

The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story

by Joan Wickersham
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The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story by Joan Wickersham

“Joan Wickersham’s brilliant The News From Spain shows, in all its twisty beauty, what a short story collection can do. The stories are gorgeous in themselves, but the way they speak to each other is truly extraordinary.”—Elizabeth McCracken, author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

From the author of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index, a virtuosic collection of stories, each a stirring parable of the power of love and the impossibility of understanding, much less controlling, it.

In these seven beautifully wrought variations on a theme, a series of characters trace and retrace eternal yet ever-changing patterns of love and longing, connection and loss. The stories range over centuries and continents—from eighteenth-century Vienna, where Mozart and his librettist Da Ponte are collaborating on their operas, to America in the 1940s, where a love triangle unfolds among a doctor, a journalist, and the president’s wife. A race-car driver’s widow, a nursing-home resident and her daughter, a paralyzed dancer married to a famous choreographer—all feel the overwhelming force of passion and renunciation. With uncanny emotional exactitude, Wickersham shows how we never really know what’s in someone else’s heart, or in our own; how we continually try to explain others and to console ourselves; and how love, like storytelling, is ultimately a work of the imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958884
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Joan Wickersham was born in New York City. She is the author of two previous books, most recently The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her op-ed column appears regularly in The Boston Globe; she has published essays and reviews in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune; and she has contributed on-air essays to National Public Radio. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.

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The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's a fine writer. I especially liked the one about the wife of the famous choreographer (Balanchine, I assume)and her caretaker. Touching and insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  At first it seems like a simple collection of short stories, but trust your instincts and read on because Ms. Wickersham shows us that love, in all its varied forms, is never quite as simple as it seems.  Her prose is perceptive and eloquent as she draws you in to the stories of seven seemingly unrelated characters, but what you will eventually realize is that she is penetrating your own soul in seven different ways, making you question everything you thought you knew about what it means to love and be loved.   I picked this book up thinking it would be good bedtime reading, but I never got to sleep that first night as the pages just kept turning themselves.  It is a lovely understated book worth reading many times over.