The Trojan War Museum: And Other Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 8.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Ayse Papatya Bucak's short fiction has been selected for the O. Henry and Pushcart prizes. She lives in Delray, Florida, where she is an associate professor in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University.


One of the best and most surprising collections I've read in a long time. This is a wonder cabinet of stories so singular and marvelous that I spent a long time after each, wanting to linger in the space it had created.--Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
This is a truly lovely, truly surprising book. Ayse Papatya Bucak's stories are narratively precise, and they are also beautiful vignettes on human culture, deftly probing the fissures and pressure points of history and bringing up new forms like the sponge divers in one of her stories. This collection absolutely glows with life.--Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State
Ayse Papatya Bucak shares with Jhumpa Lahiri the gift of fusing distinctive subject matter with an unusually restrained and elegant voice. This marvelous debut collection is truly rare in its range and depth, its deft mastery of history and myth, and its fearless storytelling.--Andrea Barrett, author of Archangel
Bucak's stories are wide-ranging and capacious, formally playful, and moving. They speak on behalf of women who are subject to fate and the tides of history. They convey history's full force, but also the individual's willfulness, cunning, and compassion. These stories are entirely contemporary and unique.--Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party
Bucak's luminous debut taps folklore and real life to flesh out complex characters with an agile, inventive hand.
A surrealist wunderkammer in which the lines between history and myth, reality and performance, and the cultural and personal are blurred and redrawn.
The author astutely deploys a range of styles and techniques that create a cerebral, multifarious collection. Bucak's remarkable, inventive, and humane debut marks her as a writer to watch.
Cerebral yet high-spirited.