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There is a lot of variety in this huge collection of over 1000 pages of short stories.
What I wasn't as fond of was the claustrophobic feel to some of them, who were often not people I could empathize with, or even care about very much.
The result is stories rich in subtext and undertones that have to be read over and over to be fully grasped.
Interesting, well crafted modern stories. Eisenberg has an amazing ability to take what could be construed as triteness and elevate it to poetic angst.Published 23 days ago by Imelda Crawford
Deborah Eisenberg is the Meryl Streep of writers. She may not have greater life experience than any other author, but she has enormous powers of observation and an uncanny... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bartolo
I generally don't like to make absolute statements, but it would take a lot to convince me that Deborah Eisenberg isn't the best writer America has today. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt
Bought this book after seeing Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn in The Designated Mourner. He characters are so human it's almost painful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Barker
Deborah Eisenberg's stories are always nuanced, brilliant, and deeply humane. Frequently they are hilarious and often they are exquisitely painful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by caroline rody
Deborah Eisenberg is in a class by herself. I won't finnish a story as it is too delicious and I don't want it to end.Published 23 months ago by Barbara Glazier
Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, these are the most consistently fascinating and enigmatic stories I've ever read. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by reality bites
Eisenberg resembles writers I read in grad school, and wrote abstruse papers claiming they portray sublime humane truths, when what I meant was: Why don't they resolve? Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Kevin L. Nenstiel
At 970 pages, a thick book, though it didn't seem that long actually. And how childish to assess a book based on the number of pages. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Scott DeMoss