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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (March 31 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250062438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250062437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Widely considered one of the most original minds in American fiction today.” ―Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker

“This is what the best and most original literature can do: make us more acutely aware of life on and off the page.” ―Peter Orner, The New York Times Book Review

“[Can't and Won't] is evidence of a writer who is in total control of her own peculiar original voice; its ¬pleasures are un¬expected and manifold.” ―Kate Christensen, Elle

“A master of sequencing. Davis mixes long and short dispatches to intoxicating effect.” ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“The most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years.” ―John Freeman, The Boston Globe

“Drop everything and pick up Lydia Davis's fifth collection of short stories . . . Observation, drama, and (yes) compression--it's all there, giving the most minor moments a kind of epic weight.” ―David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“Davis's signal gift is to make us feel alive.” ―Claire Messud, Financial Times

“Davis dances right up to and around that final mystery that can't, won't, and must be borne, that most inexplicable magic trick, life's vanishing act.” ―Parul Sehgal, NPR

“Davis is official literary dynamite . . . Everything she writes looks effortless.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and four previous story collections, including Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is also the acclaimed translator of Swann's Way (2003) and Madame Bovary (2010), both of which were awarded the French American Foundation Translation Prize. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2009, was described by James Wood in The New Yorker as a "grand cumulative achievement." She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

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