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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; First Edition edition (November 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395877326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395877326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,289,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Astonishing -- funny, eloquent, and wise." (The New York Times)

About the Author

David Leavitt's first collection of stories, Family Dancing, was published when he was just twenty-three and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. The Lost Language of Cranes was made into a BBC film, and While England Sleeps was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. With Mark Mitchell, he coedited The Penguin Book of Short Stories, Pages Passed from Hand to Hand, and cowrote Italian Pleasures. Leavitt is a recipient of fellowships from both the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He divides his time between Italy and Florida.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lazza on December 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
'Family Dancing' is a collection of short stories written by David Leavitt when he was in his early twenties. It is remarkable thata young man can write with such sensitivity. The prose is very fluid, and the characterizations are quite realistic. Quite remarkable considering these are *short* stories, not novels. However these stories are somewhat uneven in their overall quality, and I think I know why.
David Leavitt is best known for writing gay fiction. In 'Family Dancing' about a third of the stories are gay-themed. But I find the gay characters in these stories, and even in his fine novel 'The Lost Language of Cranes', to be very two-dimensional. However Leavitt's observations of parents coping with dysfunctional lives, marriages, and children to be most affecting. In 'Family Dancing' there are a couple of simply wonderful, extremely moving stories about people living with cancer. These stories alone are worth the price of this book.
Bottom line: a mixed bag containing treasures. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
LIFE IN LEAVITT-TOWN
In "The Lost Cottage," one of the stories in David Leavitt's
debut collection, Family Dancing, the son of divorced parents
dreams up names for the family's summer house: "Desperate
Efforts," he thinks, or "Under the Weather." The names which
he lists are just as appropriate as nicknames for the various
men who people Leavitt's stories: the travelling Mr. Campbell
of one story is "Seldom Inn"; the faithless Herb of another
story experiences several "Weak Moments"; and there is the
pathetic Allen who is "Beyond Hope." All the fathes in
Leavitt's stories are weak men, and they have all disappointed
or betrayed the other members of their families.
Because of the shortcomings of the menfolk, there is
not one successful marriage in these stories and there are
many victims of the broken homes. In Leavitt-town, we meet
fat, shy daughters and gaunt homosexual sons; we see marriages
which are dead or dying; we watch parents who feel varying
degrees of guilt, and children who experience differing
amounts of anxiety. These tales show us that in order to
have healthy children, one needs a stable home. There are
so many threats to the home, both medical (many characters
suffer from cancer) and emotional, that the children wind up
as experience-devouring narcissists. Ironicially, in many
stories it is the emotional force which splinters the family
that acts to hold some semblance of a family together. Disappointment,
anger, and jealousy are, after all, combinations of love and hate.
The writing in Family Dancing is brilliant throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Lane on June 2, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Leavitt is one of the true modern masters of the short story--it is ashame his novels aren't quite as well done. Here is where Leavitt launched his career, to justified critical delight. These stories are near perfection--and our of a writer in his early 20s!--with well-drawn characters and serious themes, though sometimes playful treatments. Leavitt's preoccupations seem to be with the family, homosexuality, and cancer, but he has yet to make any of these topics stale. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful collection of short stories about gay men. It is much more articulate and well-crafted that Leavitt's novel The Lost Language of Cranes: A Novel. I especially enjoyed 'Aliens', 'Danny in Transit' and 'Territory'. My favorite story in the collection was 'Dedicated', about a young woman who is drawn to, and used as a buffer, by two gay men.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Reading these poignant stories is like watching 15 or so different versions of American Beauty. Beneath the surface in almost every family lie illness, infidelity, betrayals and anger. This is his first collection of stories and they make for an excellent collection. I had read his later books first like The Lost Language of Cranes which I think are stronger overall, but as a first collection, these stories are revealing.
Leavitt has a knack for exposing the underside of family relations. Many of his stories focus on husbands who leave their wives, but just as many focus on the effect these family disputes have on the children. Overall, these stories will leave you with a feeling of sadness -- he touches many nerves from cancer to men coming to terms with their sexuality, to abandoned sisters and brothers. I think Leavitt is a very sensitive writer with an eye for the problems that plague 20th century families.
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By Anon on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful collection of beautifully written stories. It is not wonder this, Leavitt's debut, brought so much critical acclaim along with a warm welcome of Leavitt to the Literary community. Of the nine stories contained, most were wonderfuly written (Leavitt has a way with words, and when reading his writing, it is like sipping a sweet drink that goes down smooth and cool.) The most wonderful stories in this volume are "Territory," "The Lost Cottage," "Danny in Transit," "Family Dancing," "Out Here," and "Dedicated. The only stories I didn't particularly like were "Counting Months," "Aliens," and "Radiation." And of these last, even they had their good qualities. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who love good fiction.
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