What He's Poised to Do
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What He's Poised to Do

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"Ben Greenman seems incapable of writing anything dry or familiar or expected. He is one of the most versatile, consistently surprising writers at work today." --Dave Eggers A diverse and moving collection of witty, fabular, haunting stories about love, infidelity, and the vanishing art of letter writing--from the acclaimed novelist and New Yorker editor Ben Greenman. Fans of the works of Keith Gessen, Ben Kunkel, Nathaniel Rich, and John Wray will find much to love in the beautiful, poignant stories of What He's Poised to Do.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 22.68g
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061987409
  • 9780061987403
  • 872,722

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Ben Greenman s prose is characterized by an effortless musicality. This collection finds him in peak form, simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. But it s the beauty of his language that gets me. --Rhett Miller, lead singer, The Old 97s"show more

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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.show more

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