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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage contemporaries ed edition (August 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067976500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679765004
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reads like a fresh bulletin from the front: We snatch it up, eager to know what's happening out there on the edge of that shifting and dubious no man's land known as interpersonal relationships."--The New York Times Book Review

"Burning brilliance.... This collection of short stories is the work of a writer with a dazzling gift.... Beattie's eye is clear, her ear finely tuned, her mind brilliantly odd.... A joy to read."--Chicago Sun-Times

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The now-classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X-ray vision. Her characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grown-up in a country that promised them they'd stay young forever. And here, in shapely, penetrating stories, Beattie confirms why she is one of the most widely imitated -- yet surely inimitable -- literary stylists of her generation.

In The Burning House, Beattie's characters go from dealing drugs to taking care of a bereaved friend. They watch their marriages fail not with a bang but with a wisecrack. And afterward, they may find themselves trading confidences with their spouses' new lovers. The Burning House proves that Beattie has no peer when it comes to revealing the hidden shapes of our relationships, or the depths of tenderness, grief, and anger that lie beneath the surfaces of our daily lives.

More About the Author

Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the best book Beattie has written (that I have read, anyway.) The stories in this collection are not all brilliant, but the title story blew me away (read the speech given in the final pages. Wow!)and there are six or seven at that same level. I'm talking about totally original fiction, here, not merely "good" stories; no one else writes stories like Beattie when she is at her best. And at her best, her fiction was as distinguished as anyone's in the early 80s. Read this collection and her novel FALLING IN PLACE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jody M. Keene on July 19, 2000
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Ann Beattie's The Burning House is one of the definitive collections of short fiction available today. Beattie's sparse, witty prose defines the minimalist trend of the seventies and eighties, and her characterizations are dead on. This collection inspires, charms, devastates, and all-around entertains--and it's not a long collection. Do yourself a favor: buy The Burning House and read it.
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By Ludy on March 2, 2014
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I really like the book. It is brand new and the price is wonderful. Although it takes a while for me to get it
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By curt paul busch on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
i enjoyed reading this collection. i like the way beattie sets up her stories, introduces her characters and such. i also like how she describes things. they mostly seem original and highly readable. most of the characters are in there 30s, some divorced, some with kids. they just seem very masterful. if was a professor i'd use the word "craft" or something. most a melancholic tone; full of life and wonder. i liked all of these stories, about 6 or 7 very much.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
With a possible exception of the second one, all the stories in this book lack narrative energy. the characters are dull and single-dimensioned, and the plot ,if detectable, suffers from a lack of any creativity. Do not buy this book.
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