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The Stories of J.F. Powers - (New York Review Books Classics) by J F Powers (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 592

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Series Title: New York Review Books Classics

Format: Paperback

Publisher: New York Review of Books

Author: J F Powers

Language: English

Street Date: March 31, 2000
TCIN: 76937875
UPC: 9780940322226
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-4279


"Powers is a genuine original. Read him...for the pleasures he bestows of ear and eye, but read him too for the supreme trustworthiness of his vision, a trust earned by impeccable craft, and by a balance perfectly struck between a cutting irony and a beleaguered faith." -- Mary Gordon

"In these stories, there is a lovely, travelling hesitancy, an obliquity, so that they seem to creep up on the reader....The strongest of them are surely among the finest written by an American." -- James Wood, The New Yorker

"To read the first story ("The Lord's Day") in this collection is to put down the book with the sense of having read as great a short story as any ever written, and I mean by anybody: by Cheever, Sherwood Anderson, Checkov. What ease they have is in the style: there are no easy morals here, no edifying lessons, but their vigor and correctness make them delightful to read. And while they're terribly funny -- laugh--out--loud funny, in spots -- they're also complex and deeply serious." -- Donna Tartt, Harper's

"Power's particular blend of trenchancy and bleak wit....Powers' short pieces remain more effective than his novels. His was a gift of understatement and speed, and at his best his narrative economy is breathtaking....It is a pleasure to see [them] reissued...in a single volume. For a collection that spans three decades, The Stories of J.F. Powers isn't especially long, but the work is striking, impelled by a vision that has been cleansed by deep intelligence and powerful subject matter." -- Erin McGraw, The Georgia Review

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