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From the author of the beloved novel "e;The Giant s House "e;finalist for the National Book Award comes a beautiful new story collection, her first in twenty years. Laced through with the humor, the empathy, and the rare and magical descriptive powers that have led Elizabeth McCracken s fiction to be hailed as exquisite ("e;The New York Times Book Review"e;), funny and heartbreaking ("e;The Boston Globe"e;), and a true marvel ("e;San Francisco Chronicle"e;), these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragile space between love and loneliness. In Property, selected by Geraldine Brooks for "e;The Best American Short Stories, "e; a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish the Maine rental house they were to share together by removing his landlord s possessions. In Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey, the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston, the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman, and on the fate of the teenage son she left behind. And in the unforgettable title story, a family makes a quixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their lives altered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter s risky behavior.
In Elizabeth McCracken s universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive. "e;Thunderstruck & Other Stories"e; shows this inimitable writer working at the full height of her powers.
Praise for "e;Thunderstruck & Other Stories"e;
Restorative, unforgettable. . . apowerful testament to the scratchy humor and warm intelligence of McCracken s writing. Sylvia Brownrigg, "e;The New York Times Book Review "e;(Editor s Choice)
A] bewitching and wise collection . . . playful, even joyful. "e;O: The Oprah Magazine"e;
Stunningly beautiful . . . brilliantly moving . . . Moments of joy and pure magic flicker and pitch-perfect humor acts as a furtive SOS signal through the fog of loss. "e;Los Angeles Times"e;
Each of "e;Thunderstruck"e; s nine stories is a storm: delightful and destructive, packed with electricity, fascinating to watch unfold. "e;Salon"e;
The stories here are brilliant, funny and heartbreaking. . . . Elizabeth McCracken is a national treasure. Paul Harding, "e;The Wall Street Journal"e;
Pure delight: one lyrical, impeccably constructed sentence after another. "e;Chicago Tribune"e;
Beautifully wrought . . . As painstaking as a watchmaker, McCracken disassembles life down to its smallest parts. "e;The Boston Globe"e;"e;
Thunderstruck and Other Stories
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