Music for Wartime: Stories (Paperback)

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"For every overhyped novel, there is an undercover book of short stories just waiting to get under your skin and break your heart. This is one of them." - Vivian 

— From Vivian's Staff Picks


Named a must-read by theChicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, andThe L Magazine
Named one of the best short story collections of 2015 by Bookpage and Kansas City Star

Rebecca Makkai's first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.
A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father's past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction.
These transporting, deeply moving stories some inspired by her own family history amply demonstrate Makkai's extraordinary range as a storyteller, and confirm her as a master of the short story form.
Richly imagined.
Chicago Tribune
O, The Oprah Magazine
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
W Magazine

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rebecca Makkai s work has appeared inThe Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper s, Tin House, McSweeney s, andPloughshares, and has been read on NPR sSelected ShortsandThis American Life. She is the author of two novels: The Borrower, aBooklistTop Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an anO, The Oprah Magazineselection; andThe Hundred-Year House, wihch won the Chicago Writers Association's Book of the Year Award and was named a Best Book of 2014 byBookpage, PopSugar, Chicago Reader, and more. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Makkai lives in Chicago and Vermont. From the Hardcover edition."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143109235
ISBN-10: 0143109235
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English