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Joy Williams
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  • About this Author
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Joy Williams is the author of four novels–the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001–and two earlier collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Key West, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.


Joy Williams’s Ill Nature, The Quick and the Dead, State of Grace, and Taking Care are available... Read More

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Breaking and Entering

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $17.00

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Breaking and Entering

Written by Joy Williams


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2010
Price: $13.99

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The Florida Keys
A History & Guide Tenth Edition
Written by Joy Williams
Illustrated by Robert Carawan


Format: Trade Paperback, 306 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $15.95

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The Florida Keys
A History & Guide Tenth Edition
Written by Joy Williams
Illustrated by Robert Carawan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 1, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Honored Guest

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $15.00

With her singular brand of gorgeous dark humor, Joy Williams explores the various ways—comic, tragic, and unnerving—we seek to accommodate diminishment and loss. A masseuse breaks her rich client's wrist bone, a friend visits at the hospital long after she is welcome, and a woman surrenders her husband to a creepily... Read more >
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Honored Guest

Written by Joy Williams


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Ill Nature

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $14.95

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Most of us watch with mild concern the fast-disappearing wild spaces or the recurrence of pollution-related crises such as oil spills, toxic blooms in fertilizer-enriched forests, and violence both home and abroad. Joy Williams does more than watch. In this collection of condemnations and love letters... Read more >

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The Quick and the Dead

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00

In her long-awaited new novel, the peerless Joy Williams has produced a masterpiece of contemporary American life, in all its bizarrely comic, surreally tragic truths.

Three motherless girls–Alice, intent on saving the earth from humanity’s abuse; Corvus, who finds solace in caring for the dying; and Annabel, for whom fashion and... Read more >
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The Quick and the Dead

Written by Joy Williams


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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State of Grace

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $15.00

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State of Grace

Written by Joy Williams


Format: eBook, 264 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Taking Care

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1985
Price: $16.00

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Taking Care

Written by Joy Williams


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2010
Price: $11.99

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