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One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies Hardcover – September 20, 2007
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And of course, like all McSweeney's books, this set is exquisitely made. A real treasure!
Deb Olin Unferth's pieces are strange, cubist, experimental, funny, frightening. Some of them aren't stories at all, but assemblages of mercurial thought. Others evince the clear influence of Diane Williams and Lydia Davis, among others, but that's not a bad thing. The best of the bunch, in my opinion, are the more narrative-oriented stories, such as The Container, Soap, Managing, and---my favorite---Juan the Cell Phone Salesman.
I award the box five stars for Unferth's book alone. It'll be a collection I return to every now and then in the future.
Egger's volume isn't bad, considering I don't even really like the shallow genre of flash fiction, anyway. The best part of his writing in this box set is his introduction, something that's not even contained in his volume of work. I don't really understand the fascination with Dave Eggers, but this work isn't bad. This would get two stars on its own.
Unferth's volume, quite frankly, is horrendous. I hope I never read anything worse. I was seriously depressed while reading this, and, since I didn't want to pick it up to suffer any further, the depression lasted far longer than it needed to. It is, thankfully, a very short volume of rubbish. Honestly, the whole boxed set would have a greater value if this book weren't in it. This would get zero stars on its own and brings the entire average down sharply.
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Love these Books! Something to make you think about so many different past times or hypotheticals. Expands the Mind! Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Anna
All three books are excellent, but Egger's "How the Water Feels to the Fishes" is my favorite of all time. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Zachary Yaw
no what is the what, or the others... but nice little pieces by one of the best alive.Published on July 16, 2009 by DRG
As a huge fan of short stories, and someone who thoroughly enjoyed both Manguso's (The Two Kinds of Decay) and Eggers' (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) memoirs, I had... Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by Julee Rudolf
Deb Unferth, Dave Eggers and Sarah Manguso are just extremely entertaining. This box is a treasure. Read morePublished on October 21, 2007 by Kendra Deganhardt