The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories

The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories By Joy Williams, The Visiting Privilege New and Collected Stories The legendary writer s first collection in than ten years and finally the definitive one A literary event of the highest order Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for fou
  • Title: The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories
  • Author: Joy Williams
  • ISBN: 9781101874899
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories By Joy Williams, The legendary writer s first collection in than ten years and, finally, the definitive one A literary event of the highest order Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing And at long last the incredible scope oThe legendary writer s first collection in than ten years and, finally, the definitive one A literary event of the highest order Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing And at long last the incredible scope of her singular achievement is put on display thirty three stories drawn from three much lauded collections, and another thirteen appearing here for the first time in book form Forty six stories in all, far and away the most comprehensive volume in her long career, showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel at once peculiar and foreign and disturbingly familiar Virtually all American writers have their favorite Joy Williams stories, as do many readers of all ages, and each one of them is available here.
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    1. Joy Williams

      Williams is the author of four novels Her first, State of Grace 1973 , was nominated for a National Book Award for Fiction Her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead 2000 , was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Her first collection of short stories was Taking Care, published in 1982 A second collection, Escapes, followed in 1990 A 2001 essay collection, Ill Nature Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism Honored Guest, a collection of short stories, was published in 2004 A 30th anniversary reprint of The Changeling was issued in 2008 with an introduction by the American novelist Rick Moody.Her stories and essays are frequently anthologized, and she has received many awards and honors, including the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

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    1. In the very first story in this book, there s an abandoned dog, delivered along with an abandoned baby into the care of a tired grandfather who is already caring for his ailing wife That remarkable story sets the tone for the entire collection I ve never read so many powerful stories about the lost, the sick, the exhausted, the forgotten, the miserable, the dying and that s just the dogs.Dogs feature in almost all of the forty something stories, and since the collection is dedicated to Rust, who [...]

    2. There are thirteen new stories in this collection, along with 33 others culled from previous books As I had never read any Joy Williams until now, all 46 stories were new to me I read each one not in order, of course And they were spectacular.The stories are minimalist, mostly, so easy to inhale They are set in Maine, in Arizona, in Florida a lot, and in unnamed pockets of America, where photographs fade, drywall rots, and floral dresses bear the stains of yesterday The weather informs The cold [...]

    3. We are here to prepare for not being here The Country Can we incorporate and treasure and be nourished by that which we do not understand Of course Understanding something, especially in these tech times, seems to involve ruthless appropriation and dismantlement and diminishment.Joy Williams in The Paris ReviewThe Bible is constantly making use of image beyond words A parable provides the imagery by means of words The meaning, however, does not lie in the words but in the imagery What is conjure [...]

    4. My pre ordered copy just arrived Notwithstanding how wonderful the stories are, the book itself is a lovely thing nice thick paper with those rough edges, and the dust jacket has a great rough texture to it 13 of the stories are new to me, and I plan to read them slowly as a treat in between my other books The rest are probably due a re read but, seeing she is the best living short story writer, I can give this five stars simple on principle If you have not read her yet, this is a great place to [...]

    5. Joy Williams appears to be one of the most accomplished short story writers I never heard of The comparisons to giants such as Flannery O Connor, Raymond Carver, Alice Munroe and Tobias Wolff really peaked my interest and I was not disappointed.There are many stories here four dozen, to be precise and I am savoring them These little gems are not meant to be devoured one after the other, but I ve read at least half of them and will continue to read consistently over the weeks ahead For those who [...]

    6. There is a good chance you don t know this, but Joy Williams is a genius I myself was not aware of this until a couple years ago, when she was recommended to me by Paul Lisicky PS He s wonderful, Google him Williams is a writer s writer, which I think means brilliant and under the radar In this new collection of stories, you can glimpse her brilliance in forty six stories, both old and new Her writing is elegant and dark, fantastical and sharp She s soooo good Think Alice Munro and Elizabeth McC [...]

    7. it s come just in time for Christmas, A present to myself and one that looks great.I tried very hard to slow down reading this book because it is so wonderful I managed 6 months Now I ll start again Truly exceptional.

    8. No one writes short stories better, except for Alice Munro Williams is the master and crazy good 13 new stories in this volume as well as a collection of great old favorites You simply can t go wrong here.

    9. Though I haven t read it, I have to imagine September s big cover story in the NYT Magazine section has to do with how Joy Williams went from being perhaps THE great, unappreciated American author of the last thirty years to this ruminative, death obsessed drunk who has pushed the boundaries of her signature style past any point of necessity Five stars for the selections from her past collections, zero for everything new Maybe three for the story about the desert tortoise sanctuary, but it s not [...]

    10. I want to use the phrase towering talent, despite it being both a cliche and rather phallocentric These stories are.stating Obliterating Freaking genius DAMN.

    11. In a weird distinction, I thought the stories in this collection were really well done, but didn t enjoy the experience of reading it I think because it was a library book, and I felt a certain pressure to soldier through it, when I would have really liked to read one or two at a time and put the book down for a bit to absorb them Each one was so dense and unsettling like eating a flourless chocolate cake, but depressing Still, glad I read it, and thinking maybe I ll revisit some of the work an [...]

    12. Realistically I may never finish this book, but I m going to give it five stars because every story in here makes me want to be thoughtful, observant, smarter and better, so I can be like Joy Williams Also every story has a dog, it s fantastic Joy Williams is so cool it kills me.

    13. This collection is massive but there s so little filler My dislike of short stories is overridden by Williams careful construction of off kilter lives distorted by a disquieting undercurrent.

    14. I skipped the collected stories section because I d read many of them before Those are great, but the new stories are oh shit level good A perfect marriage of simplicity, pathos, and elegance.

    15. This is my second reading of The Visiting Privilege, an extraordinary collection of fictions, its lapidary prose, full of unique phrasings, perfect words perfectly placed, often astonishing, always inspiring Williams masterfully exposes and indicts these disunited States, the meanness and pettiness of many of its inhabitants, their absurd dreams, their knowing duplicities, their utter sociopathy, their ill conceived self medication, often in the form of alcohol abuse These dark narratives parado [...]

    16. Spent the entire year reading a handful of stories in between novels and finally finished yesterday Our world looks a lot different from when I started, a bit scarier, a bit apocalyptic even Luckily Joy Williams was already prepared She s beloved and revered by other writers and going through this collection I can see why Her work has a remoteness to it, an emotional inaccessibility that feels unique, if not always enjoyable to experience Often there s little plot momentum, just some broken peo [...]

    17. It took me a longer than normal time to read this book, primarily because I kept stopping and insisting that my husband or son listen to me read a single sentence aloud The writing is simply perfect Just the right details, as in, She kisses the girl and she kisses the man and goes into the nursery carrying her lunch in a Wonder Bread bag Or, On the wall over the counter were pictures of sandwiches There are beautifully poignant sentences containing profound observations Of course it was all just [...]

    18. I have loved reading Joy Williams recent collection of stories, THE VISITING PRIVILEGE It contains some old stories and some newer ones, and I have delighted in almost all of them She has a way of bringing the reader into worlds that are just a little off to read about them is vaguely destabilizing Many of her characters are living marginal lives, struggling to survive, often drinking too much Williams captures their world views in sentences that seem to descend suddenly to startle Looking often [...]

    19. There was the trap and the pinch of food on the chipped china saucer Never too much, not that it seemed wasteful, it just wasn t right And the saucer it had to be a chipped one A perfect saucer would have conferred something else entirely She had mean no real harm What if everything one did mattered Thank God, it could not Cats and Dogs Marvelously strange, gorgeously written I am smitten with Joy Williams This is a dense and delightful collection of her stories, old and new, and it contains man [...]

    20. It is telling my favorite story was the morbidly weird Congress , where the smell of death hangs over characters intoxicated with taxidermy, anthropology, and hunting I liked a handful of the sixty stories the grace of Taking Care , the tenderness of The Wedding , the threat of Brass , but most of the stories failed to affect me I kept reading for the writerly sentences and observations that MFA programs seem to propagate Williams writes slice of life stories drunk on dysfunctional dinner partie [...]

    21. Yeah I won this book in a giveaway I love Joy Williams I cannot wait until it gets here And it got here very quickly August 10 I am at the moment 4 books behind on my reviews, but I am slipping in short stories evening and morning as a special treat to me I have favorites of the new stories of course Brass There is an almost invisible line between special and psychotic I m not sure I would recognize it, either and The Girls Assures us old fogies that spankings in childhood are NOT a bad plan Re [...]

    22. Williams is an original talent, one of our foremost short story writers Many of the stories in this collection are weirdly fascinating and hallucinatory One that particularly caught my attention include Preparation For a Collie, The Wedding, The Yard Boy, Pammy, Health, White, The Last Generation, Maribout, Brass and Another season Assuming the stories are arranged chronologically, Williams moves from magical realism in the earliest to realistic oddity in the later ones Most of the stories inclu [...]

    23. Both this and the Lucia Berlin collection are absolutely indispensable for those who love short fiction, and those who want to but don t quite Or, yeah, for those who think short fiction is a bit meh and uninvolving and bagatellish One thing this book isn t is meh.

    24. My complete review of Lucia Berlin s A Manual for Cleaning Women Any of these individual stories might have been a four or five star story but when consumed as a whole the experience of reading this collection was torturous.My review of The Visiting Privilege ditto.

    25. Just not entirely my cup of tea I can respect the artistry, and some of the stories reached out to me, but the majority didn t resonate.Stand outs The Excursion Health The Last Generation Charity Anodyne

    26. When recent bookshelf reorganization forced me to radically edit down what I had room to keep out, 2 3 Joy Williams story collections held fast One of today s strongest story writers, this collected edition is well deserved I can t wait for this release.

    27. Finally got through all these stories I kept needing refreshers along the way Nothing warm and fuzzy in this volume.

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