Almost No Memory Stories

Lydia Davis




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208 Pages



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A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
Village Voice Favorite Book of the Year

Philosophical inquiry, examinations of language, and involuted domestic disputes are the focus of Lydia Davis's inventive collection of short fiction, Almost No Memory. In each of these stories, Davis explores the difficulties of personal relationships and the limits of language with great intelligence and empathy.


Praise for Almost No Memory

"Lydia Davis is one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction."—Benjamin Weissman, Los Angeles Times

"Frequently poetic and, without question, memorable."—Liam Review, The New York Times Book Reveiw

"Witty and insightfully inventive . . . [Almost No Memory] is finely attuned to the oddly tragicomic ways of human life."—Paula Friedman, The Washington Post

"Almost No Memory is sublime writing—at once a fantastical jungle and a real world."—Brian Lennon, Boston Book Review

"One celebrates a writer like Davis for her intelligent interpreting of the world and her risky bid to reveal the brilliant machinations of her own uniquely gifted mind."—Lisa Shea, Elle

"Read slowly through the collection, and you will come away with your perception of the world unmistakably altered."—A. O. Scott, Newsday

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  • Lydia Davis

  • Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, including Varieties of Disturbance, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. Winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, she is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers including Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Proust.