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Spectacle

Stories

By Susan Steinberg

An inventive new collection from the author of Hydroplane and The End of Free Love

* A San Francisco Chronicle, Complex, Flavorwire, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy and Slaughterhouse 90210 Best Book of the Year *

In these innovative linked stories, women confront loss and grief as they sift through the wreckage of their lives. In the title story, a woman struggles with the death of her friend in a plane crash. A daughter decides whether to take her father off life support in the Pushcart Prize-winning “Cowboys.” And in “Underthings,” when a man hits his girlfriend, she calls it an accident. Spectacle bears witness to alarming and strange incidents: carnival rides and plane crashes, affairs spied through keyholes and amateur porn, vandalism and petty theft. These wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets.

In lean, acrobatic prose, Susan Steinberg subverts assumptions about narrative and challenges conventional gender roles. She delivers insight with a fierce lyric intensity in sentences shorn of excessive sentiment or unnecessary ornament. By fusing style and story, Steinberg amplifies the connections between themes and characters so that each devastating revelation echoes throughout the collection. A vital and turbulent book from a distinctive voice, Spectacle will break your heart, and then, before the last page is turned, will bind it up anew.

“Experimental but never opaque, Steinberg’s stories seethe with real and imagined menace.” —Publishers Weekly

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Book

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781555976316


Format: Book
Author: Steinberg, Susan
Title: Spectacle : stories / Susan Steinberg.
Publisher Date: Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, 2013.
Subject: Short stories, American Short stories
Isbn: 9781555976316 155597631X
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Steinberg
Oclc: 794367473
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Bib Id: 413852

Format: Book
Author: Steinberg, Susan
Title: Spectacle : stories / Susan Steinberg.
Publisher, Date: Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, 2013.
Description: 137 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Short stories, American
Subjects: Short stories
Contents: Superstar -- Underfed -- Cowboys -- Supernova -- Signifier -- Underthings -- Universe -- Cowgirl -- Spectacle -- Signified -- Spectator -- Universal.
ISBN: 9781555976316
ISBN: 155597631X
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Steinberg