by Lydia Davis
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A single-volume compilation of the National Book Award finalist's short stories includes Break It Down and Varieties of Disturbance. 20,000 first printing.
May 30, 2011 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.
November 10, 2010 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.
December 2, 2009 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.
November 30, 2009 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."
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