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All the Days and Nights
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"William Maxwell's tales, long and short, have the elusive ability to reveal us to ourselves" Erica Wagner, The Times. Spanning more than 50 years, the stories in this collection encompass the life's work of one of America's best-loved and most acclaimed writers. In setting the range from small town Illinois to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, these stories are distinguished by Maxwell's inimitable wisdom and kindness, his sense of the small details that make up a life, the nuances of joy and sadness that change its direction. Whether describing the reunion of two brothers who will never agree, the furniture of the apartment that becomes everything to a childless couple, the search for the perfect French meal or the life of a ne'er-do-well uncle, Maxwell's stories capture responses that are recognisable in us all. "However different their settings the sensibility remains constant. It is decorous, highly civilised and deeply thoughtful" Anthony Quinn, Observer. "All of them share the effect of a brilliant view - as though a window were opened on a contained and vivid scene...There is a rare clarity and economy here - along with that wise measured humanity" Penelope Lively, Spectator.

Essays & Writing >> Essays & JournalismFiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & Poetry >> Short stories Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 27/12/2001 ISBN-13: 9781860469350  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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It is appropriate that Harvill chose a Walker Evans photo for the cover of this book, because William Maxwell, like Evans, was interested in the ordinary; a rain soaked street is exactly the sort of thing that would have captured Maxwell's eye too. For it is in the everyday, in Maxwell's stories, that the most momentous things happen; he shows that epiphanic moments come upon us with little or no fanfare, but the effect they have can be felt for years. - Sion

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