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Can't and Won't

By Lydia Davis, 1947-

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called “the best prose stylist in America”

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of “Bloomington” reads, “Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.” Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in “A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates,” a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption. The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert’s correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author’s own dreams, or the dreams of friends.
     What does not vary throughout Can’t and Won’t, Lydia Davis’s fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. Above all, she is refreshing. Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.




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Format: Book
Author: Davis, Lydia, 1947-
Title: Can't and won't / Lydia Davis.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Subject: Short stories.
Isbn: 9780374118587 (hbk.) 0374118582 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Davis
Oclc: 846545526
Bib Id: 510234

Format: Book
Author: Davis, Lydia, 1947-
Title: Can't and won't / Lydia Davis.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Description: xi, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Short stories.
Other Title: Short stories. Selections
Other Title: Cannot and will not
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Notes: Man Booker International Prize, 2013
LCCN: 2013033909
ISBN: 9780374118587 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0374118582 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Davis