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- Publisher: HARPER PERENNIAL
- Format: Paperback | 170 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 13mm | 23g
- Publication date: 14 November 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0061987409
- ISBN 13: 9780061987403
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 676,409
Ben Greenman is a writer of virtuosic range and uncanny emotional insight. As Darin Strauss has noted, "Like Bruno Schulz, George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, and no one else I can think of, Greenman has the power to be whimsical without resorting to whimsy." The stories in this new collection, What He's Poised to Do, showcase his wide range, yet are united by a shared sense of yearning, a concern with connections missed and lost, and a poignant attention to how we try to preserve and maintain those connections through the written word. From a portrait of an unfaithful man contemplating his own free will to the saga of a young Cuban man's quixotic devotion to a woman he may never have met; and from a nineteenth-century weapons inventor's letter to his young daughter to an aging man's wistful memory of a summer love affair in a law office--each of these stories demonstrates Greenman's maturity as a chronicler of romantic angst both contemporary and timeless, and as an explorer of the ways our yearning for connection informs our selves and our souls.
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"Ben Greenman's "What He's Poised to Do" is a terrific collection--a set of elegant, inventive dispatches that knock around space and time, and the wrenching gaps between people, to chart a world of previously unnamed moments and emotions."--Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets