One of the most acclaimed writers of our day, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry, The Giant's House (a National Book Award finalist), Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imag-ination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize, longlisted for the National Book Award). She has received grants and fellow-ships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and she was chosen as one of Granta's 20 Best American Writers Under 40. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fic-tion at the University of Texas at Austin.
[A] sly, emotionally complex collection . . . Each story opens
to reveal a whole life spent within the web of a family, chosen or
not. Full of gems, this collection is a winner. * Publishers
Weekly (starred review) *
Do yourself a favour and read the book. McCracken has delivered a lovely collection of stories loosely tied together by one theme - the bonds of family that fracture and heal as lives are led. * This Is Money *
McCracken has a real talent for exploring what makes an individual unusual when they are entwined with another person, and her stories are sparkling gems of human eccentricity. -- Martin Chilton * Independent *
[McCracken] has a gift for spotting the comic potential in situations many of us have endured... Her prose is stippled with just-so observations. * The Observer *
McCracken is a totally assured performer: even seemingly throwaway perceptions are often memorably poetic, and there is a hint of melancholy under the comedy. -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times *