The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Joy Williams is an American treasure. Despite numbering Don Delillo, Karen Russell, George Saunders, and Raymond Carver (!) among her admirers, Williams has largely flown under the radar. But those of us who know her work speak in hushed reverential tones about its fierce and unsettling energy, about the sentences that crackle and nearly jump off the page. The stories collected here are among the finest of her work and though I, like many fans, want to keep Williams to myself, I hope The Visiting Privilege earns her an uncountable number of fans.

— sparks


The legendary writer's first collection in more than ten years--and, finally, the definitive one. A literary event of the highest order.

Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing. And at long last the incredible scope of her singular achievement is put on display: thirty-three stories drawn from three much-lauded collections, and another thirteen appearing here for the first time in book form. Forty-six stories in all, far and away the most comprehensive volume in her long career, showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel at once peculiar and foreign and disturbingly familiar. Virtually all American writers have their favorite Joy Williams stories, as do many readers of all ages, and each one of them is available here.

About the Author

JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels--the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001--and three other collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101873717
ISBN-10: 110187371X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries