“Hyperinteresting shoptalk from some of literary culture’s best shops, and best talkers.”
—Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine (Top 10 Books of 2012)
“The stories are indeed varied in their style, as the editors’ note promises, but many of them left me with the same feeling: devastation.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Object Lessons [is] my new favorite gift book.”—Elizabeth Taylor, The Chicago Tribune
“This thoughtful book will make you look at short fiction with new eyes.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“As the ‘Best American’ anthologies begin their annual take-over of bookstore shelf space this month, short story fans should look past those displays to find this collection curated from the archives of The Paris Review.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The editors call this a guide for young writers and readers interested in literary technique, and the book achieves that purpose while also serving as a tribute to the role The Paris Review has played in maintaining the diversity of the short story form. The collection reminds us that good stories are always whispering into each other’s ears.”—Publishers Weekly
“A compendium of The Paris Review’s short story hits, curated with the ambitious, aspiring writer in mind. … Jeffrey Eugenides’ discussion of Denis Johnson’s “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” captures that story’s heartbreak and serves as an essay on the virtues of the form itself. … A smart showcase of a half-century’s worth of pathways in fiction.”—Kirkus
About the Author
Established in 1953, The Paris Review
is America’s preeminent literary magazine.
Lorin Stein is the editor of The Paris Review
Sadie Stein is deputy editor of The Paris Review. They are not related.