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The Shoplifter's Apprentice (Taiwanese Chinese) Paperback – July, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Washington Square Pr; Reprint edition (July 1990)
  • Language: Taiwanese Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 0671693182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671693183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 11 supple short stories, Lesser writes about now-generation young women who plug along at literary/journalistic or arty jobs while hovering on the margins of other people's lives. "The collection, outstanding for its lyricism and control, is a pleasure to read," lauded PW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Writergirl on June 4, 2013
I first read this collection of stories in the early 1990s. It is my favourite short story collection of all time, and had a profound affect on me.

Lesser's protagonists are vividly real. Her focus is on urban-dwelling women in their 20s and the many little details that make up their lives in the workplace and beyond. A coffee-shop inhabiting young women befriends one with an intellectual disability. An office worker tries to find her purpose as she overhears her neighbors each night. Another tries to rekindle her relationship with a college friend but both are now trapped in lives that are too different for them to relate. A teenager studies ballet with a strict Russain teacher but learns the twists and turns of life and not dance are what dictate what you become.

Even after so many years I remember these stories well, because great writing stays with you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on February 28, 2014
Like the one other reviewer (at the time of my comments), I read this collection in the 1990's and it has stayed with me as one of the best. I take short fiction very seriously, and read plenty of it, but this author has always stood out in my memory. Periodically, I check Amazon to see if she has published more stories. So far (and it's now 2014), I will have to be content with these. If you are a fan of the short story, you know who the luminaries are: Alice Munro, Robert Boswell, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, etc. If you are moved by Ellen Lesser's stories in this collection, check out Robin Black, too.
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