For more than forty years, Ann Beattie’s short fiction has held a mirror up to America, in stories that are ambitious, twisted, and authentic. In “Vermont,” Beattie details the life of a reconfigured family as they search for fulfillment by escaping north.
From her debut collection Distortions, which established Ann Beattie as a fresh voice of American fiction, a prodigious master of the short-story, and which continues to influence writers to this day.
Ann Beattie has published eight novels and ten collections of stories, among them Chilly Scenes of Winter, Falling in Place, The Burning House, Love Always, Picturing Will, and Another You. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at… More about Ann Beattie
“Beattie has a facility . . . that is breathtaking, a fluidity that delights. . . . [She is] one of the most influential short-fiction writers of her generation.” —Newsday
“Magnificent, a pleasure, a significant literary debut.” —The New York Times
“Like a boxed set of Miles Davis CDs . . . both superb in itself and an essential piece of history. . . . [Beattie is] one of our era’s most vital masters of the short form.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Ann Beattie is both painful and funny. She is a writer for all audiences, combining a remarkable array of skills with material of wide popular appeal. Her characters inhabit our contemporary world and brood like us about their loves, families, and lives. They compose a wide-screen panorama of life in these United States.” —The New York Times Book Review