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The Stories of J.F. Powers by J.F. Powers

The Stories of J.F. Powers

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The Stories of J.F. Powers by J.F. Powers
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Mar 31, 2000 | ISBN 9780940322226

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“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

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents

The Lord’s Day

The Trouble

Lions, Harts, Leaping Does


He Don’t Plant Cotton

The Forks


The Valiant Woman

The Eye

The Old Bird, A Love Story

Prince of Darkness


Death of a Favorite

The Poor Thing

The Devil Was the Joke

A Losing Game

Defection of a Favorite


Blue Island

The Presence of Grace

Look How the Fish Live




One of Them


Priestly Fellowship




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