Thirteen Ways of Looking (Large Print / Hardcover)
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In such acclaimed novels as "Let the Great World Spin" and "TransAtlantic, "National Book Award winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
" As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing. "
In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life's work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In Sh khol, a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In Treaty, an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in What Time Is It Now, Where You Are? a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year's Eve.
Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, "Thirteen Ways of Looking" is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.
Praise for Colum McCann
"Let the Great World Spin"
Winner of the National Book Award
One of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years. Jonathan Mahler, "The New York Times Book Review"
Stunning . . . an] elegiac glimpse of hope. "USA Today"
There's so much passion and humor and pure life force on every page that you ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed. Dave Eggers
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prizeand the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham. "O: The Oprah Magazine"
Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday. "The Boston Globe"
Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy. "The Seattle Times.
About the Author
Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels "TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, "and" Songdogs, " as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of "Esquire" s Best and Brightest, and his short film "Everything in This Country Must" was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to "The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, "and" The Paris Review, " he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children, and he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization, Narrative 4."