Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories

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$17.00  $15.64
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Random House Trade
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Pages
272
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5.2 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780812986587
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About the Author

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire's "Best and Brightest," and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children, and he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization, Narrative 4.

Reviews

"Extraordinary . . . incandescent."--Chicago Tribune

"The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories [Colum] McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . McCann has perfected a method of finely blending his own narration with his characters' thoughts and dialogue. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh'khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you're reading a little masterpiece. . . . [It's] only one of the treasures in this collection."--The Washington Post

"McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you've read it."--Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

"[McCann] unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade."--The Boston Globe

"McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters."--The Wall Street Journal

"McCann's characters in this new work--whether nuns or judges or writers--are mostly ordinary people encountering extraordinary situations often touched by loss. Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann's beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page."--BuzzFeed

"In just three short stories and one novella, McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed--especially in one brilliant short piece of metafiction in which the process of writing a story becomes interwoven with the story created."--The Huffington Post