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American Innovations: Stories

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Title: American Innovations: Stories
Author: Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 9781250069238
Publisher: Picador
Published: 2015
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Condition: New
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Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times

In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka Galchen's American Innovations, a young woman's furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family.
The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. Just as Wallace Stevens's Anecdote of the Jar responds to John Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn, Galchen's The Lost Order covertly recapitulates James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while The Region of Unlikeness is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges's The Aleph. The title story, American Innovations, revisits Nikolai Gogol's The Nose.
By turns realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.