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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Stories Paperback – September 1, 1985
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About the Author
Grace Paley remains one of America's most revered short story writers. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922, Paley established a reputation as a bard of Jewish New York with highly acclaimed collections like The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Later the Same Day (1985). The Collected Stories (1994) was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.
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Not every one of these short stories is great, but all explode with amazingly evocative lines. Conversations sizzle, metaphors shimmer. Characters are immediately realistic, and whole. No, actually, many are broken, but that's what real people are like. Read, laugh, cry, rush onward.