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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (July 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394729129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394729121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
Once in awhile I get drawn back to Joy Williams work. State of Grace is one of my all time favorite novels. Joy Williams is one of the very few authors I read again and again, and I always come away inspired and entranced and somehow surprised. How can a story surprise you again and again? Because her descriptions are so unusual and so apt, her use of language so original, and the endings so absolutely inevitable and unexpected. She is given to seeing the most mundane, helpless, and unsavory things. Her characters are caught in their own beings like tigers prowling the limits of their cages, and what she says about them (and thus about the modern world) is all true and all wrapped in the endless hope that is the human condition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
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In this collection of short stories, Joy Williams again demonstrates the brilliant precision of her writing, which is at once mordant and heartbreaking. An example is her description of a man and the baby he has been forced to care for due to his daughter's carelessness: "He comes back to the table and gives her a little more milk, a half jar of strained chicken and a few spoonfuls of dessert...The baby enjoys all equally. She is good. She eats rapidly and neatly. Sometimes she grasps the spoon, turns it around and thrusts the wrong end into her mouth. Of course there is nothing that cannot be done incorrectly." I heartily recommend anything written by Joy Williams. She should be better known than she is. She is an American original.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
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In this collection of short stories, Joy Williams again demonstrates the brilliant precision of her writing, which is at once mordant and heartbreaking. An example is her description of a man and the baby he has been forced to care for due to his daughter's carelessness: "He comes back to the table and gives her a little more milk, a half jar of strained chicken and a few spoonfuls of dessert...The baby enjoys all equally. She is good. She eats rapidly and neatly. Sometimes she grasps the spoon, turns it around and thrusts the wrong end into her mouth. Of course there is nothing that cannot be done incorrectly." I heartily recommend anything written by Joy Williams. She should be better known than she is. She is an American original.
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