Total: Stories


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Picador USA
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4.88 X 7.8 X 0.63 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author

Rebecca Miller is the author of the short-story collection Personal Velocity, her feature-film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the novels The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (FSG, 2008), which she also adapted for the screen, and Jacob's Folly (FSG, 2013). Her other films include Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and Maggie's Plan. She lives in New York with her family.


"Miller is cognizant of the complexity that can still breathe inside familiar stories. She helps us reconsider their elasticity, to see from different angles how they pulse with life . . . You've never quite seen them inhabited by these versions of these characters, nor at the tenor of these sentences, with these deftly deployed layers of surprise." --Lynn Steger Strong, The New York Times Book Review

"Wit and coolly slaying wisdom are constant delights in these emotionally complex stories . . . Miller's stories read as though they've been written by someone who takes immense pleasure in their creation. Line by line, they're cinematically vivid, and she isn't afraid to make things happen either . . . What does she want us to know? Perhaps simply that reading should always feel electrifyingly weird." --Hephzibah Anderson, The Guardian

"Miller's new collection shows her in many moods and modes, from wistful to comedic to speculative. What a pleasure!" --Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Fresh Complaint

"Slim but powerful . . . Author and filmmaker Miller (Jacob's Folly, 2013) adeptly encapsulates these women's experiences." --Booklist (Starred Review)

"Disarmingly matter-of-fact . . . A beautifully constructed, acutely felt, morally honest collection." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The seven brilliantly knotty and piercingly intimate stories in Total depict characters undone, temporarily or irreparably, by obsessive love." --Dan Sheehan, Lit Hub

"In Miller's alluring collection (after the novel Jacob's Folly), protagonists search for connection and pleasure in strange, sometimes destructive ways . . . Miller brings a cinematic eye to her descriptions (a parking garage's 'final floor' offers a 'vivid sky') and plenty of drama to the situations. These stories are full of surprises." --Publishers Weekly