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Mattison's clever "intersecting" story collection reminds us that John Guare's famed six degrees of separation fall wide of the mark?it's two or three degrees at most. The characters in this badly titled work (the worst thing about it) live interwoven lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with the troubled figure of juvenile delinquent Denny Ring popping up in most stories. As lover, friend, grandson, employee, and menacing con artist, Denny profoundly affects men and women, young and old, while revealing less and less of himself. Is he angel or demon? The multiple viewpoints add depth and complexity to the characters, and at least two readings are needed to appreciate the nuances of Mattison's tight prose. A poet (Animals, 1979) and novelist (Hilda & Pearl, Morrow, 1995), Mattison published several of these stories in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, and the New England Review. She's someone to watch and, most certainly, to read. Highly recommended.?Jo Manning, Miami Beach, Fla.
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Mattison treats each of her loony, alternately bored and besotted characters with tenderness.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688161065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688161064
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alice Mattison grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Her new novel, WHEN WE ARGUED ALL NIGHT--about a friendship between two Brooklyn Jews that lasts for many decades, about the tumultuous events of the twentieth century, and about a woman slowly discovering who she is and whom she loves--has just been published by Harper Perennial. Her earlier books include NOTHING IS QUITE FORGOTTEN IN BROOKLYN, IN CASE WE'RE SEPARATED: CONNECTED STORIES, and THE BOOK BORROWER. Twelve of her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, and her stories, essays, and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Yale Review, The Pushcart Prize, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at Bennington College. Her website is www.alicemattison.com.

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By A Customer on April 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This collection of short stories should satisfy the voyeur in all of us. Each story features a select group of characters from the book's over all story line and provides us with a new perspective to each scene. Ms. Mattison has done a wonderful job of demonstrating how chance, circumstance, and conscious decision cause our lives and situations to overlap or intermingle. As the stories intersect and the characters surprisingly reappear we discover how each person sees each of the others and views the events.
What we never really learn is how each character actually feels about themselves or one another. Even in the first person narratives they seem to lack their own distinct voices. And although New Haven is described as the locale we never are given a real sense of place. These stories could occur in most any city in the USA.
Overall this is very interesting and entertaining collection of short stories describing how many of see society and 'remember' our real lives!
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By A Customer on January 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I never would have picked up this book on my own. My book club read it and the average rating was an eight. While I was reading it, I thought that it was going to be a flat discussion once the club met. Boy was I wrong!! I would definitely recommend it to book clubs. We all enjoyed discussing the book and most of us grew to appreciate it even more after our discussion. Alice Mattison did a wonderful job intersecting these 15 stories. I loved how the characters kept reappearing. After finishing the book, for days I kept thinking about the characters. I wanted more and didn't want it to end.
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By A Customer on August 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
Thank God for book reviews! If I hadn't read a NY Times review of Alice Mattison's MEN GIVING MONEY, WOMEN YELLING, it is unlikely I would ever have discovered this engaging collection of interconnected stories. The characters appear to be leading ordinary lives but Mattison's insights are definately extraordinary. Beginning each new story, the reader is aware that the previous characters will appear in some way in the forthcoming stories, making the collection a delightful puzzle.
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Format: Hardcover
The first story in this collection ran in The New Yorker a couple of years ago, and I liked it so much I clipped it out and showed it to all my friends. The book is great - it somehow makes you happy to be reading it, even though some of the themes are sad. Mattison gives the characters a kind of universal daffyness that is present in modern life, but unheralded. And the linking is done really well, making it read more like a novel than like stories.
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