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 twenty-one books and lives with her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry, in Maine. She is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story and a member of the American Academy of Arts and… 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