Eugenides is the editor of this collection of short stories about love, appropriate enough to this time of year. Based on his selection of stories, he defines love as "desire for the unattainable thing." This is not an anthology of silly love songs because, sorry Paul, Mr. Eugenides seems to think we have had enough of those. Rather in each of these stories, the partner desired, or the relationship desired with that partner, is always just out of reach; … more
I loved this book! A collection of stories of love and longing edited by Jeffery Eugenides (of Virgin Suicides and Middlesex fame) at the behest of Dave Eggers (but it’s not the usual Eggers-McSweeney’s-y fare), these stories hail from across the board. I picked it up because some of my personal favorite writers are included (Joyce, Chekhov, Nabokov, Kundera), as well as canonical ones I had heretofore neglected (Maupassant, Faulkner, Carver), but it was a few stories by … more
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