The Souvenir Museum: Stories

The Souvenir Museum: Stories

by Elizabeth McCracken
The Souvenir Museum: Stories

The Souvenir Museum: Stories

by Elizabeth McCracken


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Award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date

In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. 

With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062971289
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,146,387
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum (long-listed for the National Book Award), Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

The Irish Wedding 1

Proof 31

It's Not You 61

A Splinter 85

Mistress Mickle All at Sea 105

Birdsong from the Radio 131

The Get-Go 147

Robinson Crusoe at the Waterpark 167

A Walk-Through Human Heart 193

Two Sad Clowns 213

The Souvenir Museum 235

Nothing, Darling, Only Darling, Darling 263

Acknowledgments 293

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