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The End of the Story

The End of the Story

A Novel

Lydia Davis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The End of the Story is an energetic, candid, and funny novel about an enduring obsession and a woman's attempt to control it by the telling of the story of it. With ruthless honesty, artful analysis, and crystalline depictions of human and natural landscapes, Lydia Davis's novel offers a compelling illumination of the dilemmas of loss and the process of remembering.

Praise for The End of the Story

“Constructed in brutally perceptive and dazzlingly revelatory prose, this is a stunning work.” —Booklist

“This breathtakingly elegant and unsentimental first novel is about passion, regret, and memory: about the psychology of the spot where recollection and loss intersect.” —Details

“Extraordinary...the risks Davis takes by depriving herself of a traditional structure are enormous.” —Newsday

“[The End of the Story] succeeds the reader both the story and the painful work that goes into its making, and as such it is not only beautiful, but an extraordinary and very modern achievement.” —The New York Observer


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Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is the author of the story collections Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, Almost No Memory, and Break It Down. Recently named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, she has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Award, a Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, and a Chevalier from the French government.

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Lydia Davis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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