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About the Author
Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006). Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg (1997). All four volumes were reprinted in 2010 in The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (2010). She is a professor of writing at Columbia University.
Eisenberg is funny, grim, biting, and wise, but always with a light touch and always in the service of worlds that extend far beyond the page. A virtuoso at rendering the flickering gestures by which people simultaneously hide and reveal themselves, Eisenberg is an undisputed master of the short story.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A vivid mix of stories that pick up and expand on Eisenberg's signature concerns...These brilliant stories invoke the desire for something other than what you've been given, which applies to us as much as to Eisenberg's characters, whose distracted desperation can't help, in the end, but reflect our own.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
A new collection from MacArthur Fellow Eisenberg, master of the short form. Her characters, whether a politically aware puppeteer or a self-satisfied young man unaccountably in love with a human rights worker, find the earth shifting beneath their feet.-- "Library Journal"
Deborah Eisenberg is the perfect writer for this incredibly imperfect time, inspiring and consoling, because she reminds us in every line of certain saving virtues: wit, wild intelligence, great heart, the beauty of the inquiring human voice. If our culture can produce a writer this wonderful, there must be something beautiful about us yet.-- "George Saunders, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author"
There aren't many contemporary novels as shudderingly intimate and mordantly funny as Eisenberg's best stories.-- "New York Times Book Review, praise for the author"
Comic, elegant, and pitch-perfect.-- "Vanity Fair, praise for the author"
Eisenberg's stories possess all the steely beauty of a knife wrapped in velvet.-- "Boston Globe, praise for the author"