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Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories

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Erin McGraw is a former B&N Discover writer, a repeat winner of the Pushcart Prize,
Claire Messud described Erin McGraw’s last collection of stories as “At once laugh-out-loud funny and utterly serious, [exploring] life’s profundity through its quotidian details.” This is even more true with McGraw’s new collection, Joy.
McGraw's latest super-short stories have a resolute contemporary setting, and author has an ear for dialogue to match Eugenides or Iris Murdoch.
These tiny stories are mostly, to steal a phrase from the dramatists, dramatic monologues. In them, the speaker steps out of his or her life for a moment to explain that life to the reader, sometimes defending, sometimes regretting, sometimes lying
Many of these characters are dispossessed. They look in from the outside, aching for connection or recognition. Often they’re artists, people who want to communicate, but no one is listening to them. Sometimes they’re angry and sometimes they’re funny, but above all they want to be heard. And each little story is their shot.
Born and raised in southern California, the author now lives in Tennessee.

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