Onlookers: Stories

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Scribner Book Company
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5.4 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Ann Beattie has been included in five O. Henry Award Collections, in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. The former Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, she is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine, Virginia, and Florida.
"Her best in more than two decades... Beattie is a dry yet earthy writer, in touch with moods and manners, with an eye for passing comedy... she takes notes on her species, as if she were a naturalist observing robins. She pries at the mystery of life." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Stories of exceptional subtlety and wit... A virtuoso of decimating dialogue and provocative predicaments, Beattie is at her sharpest and most exhilarating in this nimble and surprising exploration of place, identity, and responsibility." --Booklist (starred)

"A vivid circling as Beattie introduces and re-introduces characters moving in a kaleidoscope of narrative." --David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times

"Full of ambivalent love, modern Southern charm, and contemporary concerns, the stories in this collection are timeless as well as sharply contemporary." --Library Journal

"'Powerful' might be too trite a descriptor for Beattie's new story collection, in which the pieces are fastened together by a common presence: the Confederate monuments that stamp her setting of Charlottesville, Virginia." --Elle

"Smart and wry...measured prose and incisive humor make these stories shine. Once again, Beattie proves herself up to the task of pinpointing America's contradictions." --Publishers Weekly

"Sharply focused work from a master of the short fiction form." --Kirkus

"A deft mash of lonesomeness and wit." --Chicago Tribune

"Beattie nails the details... sophisticated, idiosyncratic and witty." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Supple, superb... Onlookers is a candid look outward and inward, reflecting masterfully on selfhood and community." --Boston Globe

"Beattie is not holding anything back. The writing is intentional and patient; comfortable lingering in those ordinary moments that in other hands might present as flat and monochrome. Look closer: there is texture there, blended colors, a complex catching of light." --Halimah Marcus, Electric Literature