The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman

Product Number: EB00645616
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555847869
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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An "irresistible" collection of short fiction by an author who "has been likened to everyone from J. D. Salinger to Woody Allen" (The New York Times Book Review). Hailed by Newsweek as "a bona fide literary event," The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman brings together dozens of the New York Times–bestselling author's greatest stories, which originally appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, and other magazines. "Readers who feel short stories are too high-flown—too literary, arcane, and serious—will find counterbalance in Friedman, whose stories have uncomplicated structures, obvious gists, intelligible metaphors, and unambiguous endings and come wrapped in humor. This compilation of his output in the short story form between 1953 and 1995 has a thematic arrangement, with categories such as 'Mother,' 'Crazed Youth,' and 'Sex.' Some of the more outstanding pieces are 'The Subversive,' about the narrator's air force buddy whom the narrator believed to be the most all-American guy he ever met until his friend commits a crazed act; 'The Gent,' concerning a man who succumbs to a seduction by his best friend's daughter; and 'The Night Boxing Ended,' in which ringside heckling goes way out of bounds." —Booklist "From poignant bildungsroman to sly satire, from wicked comedy to surrealistic farce, this virtuosic collection covers more than four decades' worth of short stories . . . Friedman explores themes such as loneliness, aging, fear, parenthood and ethnicity, spinning tales in an expertly modulated voice." —Publishers Weekly "Friedman [is] more interesting than most of Malamud, Roth, and Bellow . . . What makes him more important is that he writes out of the viscera instead of the cerebrum." —Nelson Algren, The Nation "Pure delight." —Newsday

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Author(s): Bruce Jay Friedman
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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