Varieties of Disturbance: Stories

Davis, Lydia

| 2007

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Lydia Davis has been called "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction" ("Los Angeles Times"), "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ("Salon"), an innovator who attempts "to remake the model of the modern short story" ("The New York Times Book Review"). Her admirers include Grace Paley, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith; as "Time "magazine observed, her stories are "moving . . . and somehow inevitable, as if she has written what we were all on the verge of thinking."In "Varieties of Disturbance," her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. Her subjects include the five senses, fourth-graders, good taste, and tropical storms. She offers a reinterpretation of insomnia and re-creates the ordeals of Kafka in the kitchen. She questions the lengths to which one should go to save...

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