The Dog: Stories

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Picador USA
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Jack Livings is author of The Dog, which was awarded the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, Tin House, Guernica, The New Delta Review, and The Best American Short Stories, and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in New York with his family

"[A] masterly debut collection." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times (Favorite Books of the Year)

"Exceptional . . . A poisoned world, with ruthless people, apparatchiks, Stakhanovites, rude, cruel, anxious chancers, and all subtly alien, quite without the American gene." --Michael Hofmann, The Times Literary Supplement (A Best Book of the Year)

"Stunning . . . With The Dog, Mr. Livings has made an incisive-and highly impressive-debut." --The New York Times

"[Livings] is unusually perceptive about political realities and the moral cost they exact from ordinary citizen." --The New Yorker

"One of the rewards of this book is the range of vividly human experience its presents... Jack Livings is a very gifted storyteller." --The Atlantic

"Extraordinary ... In prose that is razor sharp but also compellingly poetic and poignant, he brilliantly portrays a society undergoing searing transformational change." --Toronto Star

"These stories, one after another, accomplish those miraculous great-fiction tricks of taking you to places you've never been and can't otherwise go, making the exotic familiar and the ordinary otherworldly, getting you inside the heads of compelling people who seem absolutely real--and they do all this in impeccable prose while being excellent tales that are by turns witty and scary and wise. Jack Livings is a superb and singular writer." --Kurt Andersen, author of True Believers

"Jack Livings's The Dog presents a kaleidoscopic view of the small ironies and stupendous lies of contemporary China. Ranging from the last days of the Cultural Revolution to the first days of the Sichuan earthquake, these stories do what stories do best: they filter history and ideology through the experiences of individuals, with compassion, biting wit, and unsparing honesty." --Jess Row, author of The Train to Lo Wu

"In prose that is at once unadorned and poetic, with a Chekhovian tenderness for even his most corrupt characters, Jack Livings presents us with a startling new portrait of contemporary China. Ruthless and compassionate in its depiction of social, cultural, and familial strife, this is raw, vital storytelling from a voice we cannot ignore. The Dog should be read and studied alongside the stories of Joyce and Cheever, Faulkner and Carver. Listen up, America: We need this book." --Jamie Quatro, author of I Want to Show You More

"Jack Livings's stories of China are marvels of the imagination. Rendered in precise and exquisitely observed detail, they read like directly reported dispatches from the tragic, ruthless, beset, nearly hopeless souls of China. It is Livings's genius, though, to know that nearly hopeless is not the same thing as hopeless. What gives these stories their dark, upsetting grandeur is in every case the luminosity of hope, no matter how fragile, how vulnerable, how very nearly extinguished." --Paul Harding, author of Tinkers

"A socially complex and pitch-perfect account of modernization's grueling aftermath." --Publishers Weekly

"[Jack Livings] writes so simply, and so well . . . These stories are sneaky, almost subliminal, in their ambitions and connections." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)