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The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

The Collected Stories of Diane Williams by Diane Williams
Oct 02, 2018 | 784 Pages
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Praise for The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

“Erudite, elegant and stubbornly experimental. For any writer, an omnibus collection is a triumph. To see years of Ms. Williams’ confounding fictions collected in so hefty a volume is like seeing snowflakes accrue into an avalanche.” 
—Rumaan Alam, The New York Times

“This book will rewire your brain.”
—NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour 

“The godmother of flash fiction.”
—The Paris Review

“One of few true originals writing today, the author revels in confusions left unexplained, tensions unresolved . . . The result is a heady immersion into Williams’ wit and the often unsettling situations she throws her characters into, tracing the preoccupations, from sex to selfhood to death, of one of American literature’s most unique voices.” 
—The A.V. Club

“A once-in-a-generation event, a cause and effect of authorial significance.”
—Literary Hub

“A pleasure for readers attentive to both language and story. Fans of flash fiction will want to study at the feet of this master of the form.” 
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Diane Williams

“Diane Williams is one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde. Her fiction makes very familiar things very, very weird.”
—Jonathan Franzen

“I have always found Diane’s work to be intriguing and provocative in its departures from the societal norm or the expected. It is often bizarre and funny, sometimes disturbing.”
—Lydia Davis 

“One of America’s most exciting violators of habit.”
 Los Angeles Times
“Flash fictions that are often beautiful but impenetrable, structured like little riddles to unspool. While it is easy to compare Williams’s work to that of Lydia Davis, another expert writer of absurdist shorts, this collection stands in its own category as defiantly whimsical and weird . . . Williams creates stories that can be consumed in small bites. But she provides enough material in each to chew over for an entire meal.”
The New York Times

“Let’s hear it for the magnificent Diane Williams, one of the wittiest and most exacting writers of our time. Her fictions are fervid endorsements of terrible, joyous life. But that’s not quite right, because like all great literature, they are life.”
—Sam Lipsyte

“Diane Williams is hilarious, brilliant, eccentric, powerful, and, luckily, ours.”
—Deb Olin Unferth

“Discomfitingly and devastatingly funny, Williams upends the mundane, the painful, and the unusual, resulting—much in the way an art teacher might ask her class to copy a photograph upside-down—in precision and clarity.”

“[Williams’] details are always precise, and her masterful prose distills her fictional worlds down to bright, brief moments . . . We can feel ‘the mysteries of daily life’ pulsing through Williams’ keenly observed, contemplative tales.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Her work is certainly odd, but it’s also poetic, passionate, and precisely crafted. Her strange voices linger in the mind. Part of the pleasure of reading Williams is you have no idea what’s coming next. Don’t fret. These marvelous stories do have a beginning, middle and an end—just not necessarily in that order.”
Los Angeles Times

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