The Collected Stories

Grace Paley

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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This reissue of Grace Paley’s classic collection—a finalist for the National Book Award—demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary insight into and compassion for her characters, moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again. Whether writing about the love (and conflict) between parents and children or between husband and wife, or about the struggles of aging single mothers or disheartened political organizers to make sense of the world, she brings the same unerring ear for the rhythm of life as it is actually lived.
 
The Collected Stories is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

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Amy Hempel reads Grace Paley's story "Mother"

"Hear author Amy Hempel read Grace Paley's story ""Mother"" at a 2007 Grace Paley tribute at Poet's House. ""Mother"" can be found in Grace Paley's Collected Stories, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Learn more about the book The Collected Stories at http://us.macmillan.com/thecollectedstories/GracePaley Read more about author Grace Paley at http://us.macmillan.com/author/gracepaley"

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A.M. Homes honors Grace Paley

"Hear the writer A.M. Homes honor Grace Paley at a 2007 tribute at Poet's House. Grace Paley's The Collected Stories—a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize—demonstrates her extraordinary insight into and compassion for her characters, moving from hilarious to tragic and back again. Learn more about the book The Collected Stories at http://us.macmillan.com/thecollectedstories/GracePaley Read more about author Grace Paley at http://us.macmillan.com/author/gracepaley"

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Naomi Replansky reads Grace Paley's poetry

"Listen to poet Naomi Replansky read several of Grace Paley's poems, including ""The Poet's Occasional Alternative,"" and speak about Grace Paley and New York City at a Poet's House tribute to Grace Paley in late 2007. Learn more about poet, author and activist Grace Paley at http://us.macmillan.com/author/gracepaley Read more about Grace Paley's poetry collection Begin Again: Collected Poems, which includes ""The Poet's Occasional Alternative,"" at http://us.macmillan.com/beginagain/GracePaley"

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Jean Valentine reads Grace Paley's poem "In the Bus"

"Listen to this poetry reading and hear the poet Jean Valentine speak at a Grace Paley tribute event at Poet's House in late 2007. In this audio recording, Valentine talks about Paley and her work and reads the poem ""In the Bus,"" from Paley's book Begin Again: Collected Poems. Learn more about the renowned poet, author and activist Grace Paley at http://us.macmillan.com/author/gracepaley Read more about the poetry collection Begin Again at http://us.macmillan.com/beginagain/GracePaley"

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Wesley Brown Honors Grace Paley

"Hear writer Wesley Brown pay tribute to renowned author and poet Grace Paley, at an event at Poet's House in late 2007. Brown discusses Paley and her work, and then reads one of her poems. Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007. Learn more about poet and fiction writer Grace Paley at http://us.macmillan.com/author/gracepaley"

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Praise for The Collected Stories

"Grace Paley makes me weep and laugh—and admire. She is that rare kind of writer, a natural, with a voice like no one else's: funny, sad, lean, modest, energetic, acute." —Susan Sontag

"A solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life." —Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"I can't think of another writer who captures the itch of the city, the love between parents and children, or the cutting edge of combat, as well." —Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review

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Grace Paley

Grace Paley divides her time between New York City and Thetford Hill, Vermont.

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The Collected Stories
Grace Paley

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National Book Awards - Finalist, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374530280
ISBN10: 0374530289
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$18.00
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