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Written by Ann BeattieAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ann Beattie

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: May 7, 1991
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-73193-1 (0-679-73193-8)
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These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories — "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few — seem even more powerful, and are read and studied as classics of the short-story form. Spare and elegant, yet charged with feeling and with the tension of things their characters cannot say, they are masterly portraits of improvised lives.

"Powerful and plausible...Beattie is a remarkable talent."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Ann Beattie's stories are the most perceptive since Salinger's. They are not just good writing, not just true to life; they have wonder in them and vision." -- Mary Lee Settle

"Superb."--Boston Globe

"Talented and sensitive...works of vivid honesty and insight."-- Washington Post