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Stories

Book - 2016
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"The very short stories of Diane Williams have been aptly called 'folk tales that hammer like a nail gun,' and these forty new ones are sharper than ever. They are unsettling, yes, frequently revelatory, and more often than not downright funny."--Publisher website.
Publisher: San Francisco : Mcsweeney's, 2016
ISBN: 9781940450841
1940450845
Branch Call Number: FICTION Williams 2016
Characteristics: 131 p. ; 20 cm

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lukasevansherman
Apr 27, 2016

"And then weighing down her shoulders, there was the golden hoard--for future use--of bull***."
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How do you feel about the short story? How about stories that are 2 pages long? Diane Williams's short stories are very short. In fact, I'm not even sure they're stories. Frankly, I don't know what they are, but I know they're not "folktales that hammer like a nail gun," whatever that means. Published by McSweeney's, Williams writes in their sort of house style, which is vaguely experimental, dryly ironic, and not very good. Lydia Davis, who lends a blurb here, is the obvious forerunner. I'll freely get that I don't get it. I did like that I could read the book in about an hour while watching TV. If you like Davis, George Saunders, or Miranda July, you'll probably dig this.

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