Can't and Won't: Stories (Compact Disc)

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By Lydia Davis, Janet Metzger (Read by)
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Can't and Won't was my first foray into Lydia Davis' work, but I dare say after reading this book, I'll be seeking out more of her work in the future. Although classified as fiction, many of these stories read so honestly that you'll think you're reading a memoir. A lot of these pieces are less than a page long, some even less than a paragraph. Don't be fooled, however. Davis' flash fiction packs big punches with gorgeous, concise language, and the longer stories that are interwoven throughout the book are just as, if not more satisfying.

— PICKS BY HEATHER H.

Can't and Won't was my first foray into Lydia Davis' work, but I dare say after reading this book, I'll be seeking out more of her work in the future. Although classified as fiction, many of these stories read so honestly that you'll think you're reading a memoir. A lot of these pieces are less than a page long, some even less than a paragraph. Don't be fooled, however. Davis' flash fiction packs big punches with gorgeous, concise language, and the longer stories that are interwoven throughout the book are just as, if not more satisfying.

Heather H.

Description


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798200222735
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Language: English