Mislabelled boxes, confusing notes, wrong turnings - such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator ofThe End of the Storyas she organises her memories of a love affair into a novel.
Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.
Unputdownable . . . [The End of the Story] freed me from the
preconceptions I had then about the way novels were supposed to
work . . . it deals with the heat and the thirst of infatuation,
the desperation to find an end to the torment when a desired object
*Observer, 'Summer Reads 2023'*
Can't and Won't is the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years
Lydia Davis's short stories are perfected economies, witty devices, precision-made, primed to release intelligence, philosophy, hilarity. They celebrate the thinking universe while they redefine the possibilities of the form. There is no other writer quite like her
Davis is a high priestess of the startling, telling detail. . . one of the best writers in America
Her work is exquisite, finely wrought and devastating. . . Read her now!
*A. M. Homes*