Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis audiobook

Can't and Won't: Stories

By Lydia Davis
Read by Janet Metzger

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200222735

  • ISBN: 9798200222728

  • ISBN: 9798200222742

Runtime: 6.30 Hours
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America"

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before." Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption. The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert's correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author's own dreams, or the dreams of friends.

What does not vary throughout Can't and Won't, Lydia Davis's fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. Above all, she is refreshing. Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Metzger's delivery is sure and steady. She captures the author's sense of examining the routines and absurdities of daily life through stream-of-consciousness points of view. Her tone remains serious, steady, and consistent whether she is recounting a dream, sharing an anecdote built on something from Flaubert's letters, or imagining what is going through the minds of grazing cows. AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lydia Davis

Author Bio: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and educated at Barnard College. Her novels and short stories have received numerous awards, including the Whiting Foundation Writers’ Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her collection, Varieties of Disturbance: Stories was a National Book Award finalist. She has also produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Proust’s Swann’s Way and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Davis is one of only three authors to have their work featured in the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Poetry series.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 6.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English