Ninety-Nine Stories of God (Compact Disc)

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If you've ever been punched in the face, you know that what they say is true: there are moments in a person's life that change everything. Before, you were one way. Then something happens, and afterwards you're different, forever. Reading Ninety-Nine Stories of God is a lot like being punched in the face, but because it's a collection of flash fiction and not a novel, it's a lot like being an amnesiac who gets punched in the face every three minutes, forgets, and has to relive the whole epiphanic, traumatic, sometimes earth-shattering experience over and over again. The impact with which Williams impregnates these stories - most of which are under two pages, some of which are under two sentences - is akin to an act of God itself. She expands small moments, diminishes big ones, and always reminds us that as often as Everything seems meaningless, there are an equal number of moments where Nothing can hide the most meaningful things of all. I caution you to avoid stories 15, 16, 23, 53, and 73 for fear of your soul imploding.


You will read this in one day and keep a copy of it on your shelf for the rest of your life. It is a pomegranate of a book: intricate, exotic, deep in flavor, and will stain your hands. Really, this could be shelved in poetry. I would read a story, stop, read it again, get goosebumps, and read it a third time. Somehow, Williams captures the very moment in time that each character reveals his or her mortal longing for something bigger, something moving or unsettling. What does it matter if GOD is really a German Shepard? If he is "wet," a "museum," a "jail," or "numbers"? A "woman" or a "hedgehog"? Is god what we need or what we see? Is god any thing?



Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind's most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being.This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It's the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass--a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams' characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for him when he's standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he's in line to get a shingles vaccination.At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781504760331
ISBN-10: 1504760336
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Language: English