Break It Down

Stories

Lydia Davis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis’s trademarks—dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise. Although the certainty of her prose suggests a world of almost clinical reason and clarity, her characters show us that life, thought, and language are full of disorder. Break It Down is Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is “a magician of self-consciousness.”

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“Davis is one of the most precise and economical writers we have.” —DAVE EGGERS, McSweeney’s

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Lydia Davis

LYDIA DAVIS has received a MacArthur genius grant among other honors. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

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Break It Down
Stories
Lydia Davis

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374531447
ISBN10: 0374531447
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429957984
ISBN10: 1429957980
192 pages
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