Books by Lydia Davis
NPR stories about Lydia Davis
The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.
Short story month is just about over, but take heed: if diving into the latest bestseller seems too daunting, the short story could be the form of fiction for you. Atlantic writer and producer Miriam Krule suggests three collections that are complex and nuanced despite their brevity — and perfect for your morning commute.
This week in fiction, Lydia Davis conveys an entire story with a sentence or two, while Jodi Picoult gets under the skin of Asperger's. In nonfiction, take your pick of "denialism," the night shift on the psych ward, or a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River.
Gustave Flaubert was an apostle of le mot juste — using exactly the right word. Lydia Davis elegantly translates his masterpiece, Madame Bovary, in the same spirit. Davis' words lure readers back into Emma Bovary's sexy, scandalous and tragic tale.
Some books you simply can't keep to yourself. Glen Weldon shares the titles he's recommended this year — from a history of women in comics, to a collection of very short short stories — what unites these books is the urge they spark to send them out into the world so that they might sink their hooks into someone else.
Many of Lydia Davis' short stories never even make it to the bottom of the page. Some consist only of a sentence or two. Collected Stories includes some 200 of what she calls her "eccentric little stories."
Nancy Pearl is back with another stack of book recommendations. This time, Pearl talks about some of her favorite short story collections. At left, a detail from the cover of Among the Missing — one of her favorites.