Joy Williams





Joy Williams

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born
in Chelmsford, MA, The United States
February 11, 1944

gender
female


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Williams is the author of four novels. Her first, State of Grace (1973), was nominated for a National Book Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead (2000), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her first collection of short stories was Taking Care, published in 1982. A second collection, Escapes, followed in 1990. A 2001 essay collection, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Honored Guest, a collection of short stories, was published in 2004. A 30th anniversary reprint of The Changeling was issued in 2008 with an introduction by the American novelist Rick Moody.

Her stories and essays are frequently anthol
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Average rating: 3.89 · 7,509 ratings · 1,054 reviews · 32 distinct works · Similar authors
The Quick and the Dead
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 742 ratings — published 2000 — 11 editions
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Honored Guest
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 550 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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Taking Care
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 346 ratings — published 1982 — 6 editions
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Breaking and Entering
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 1988 — 6 editions
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Escapes
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 245 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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State of Grace
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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The Changeling
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 1978 — 2 editions
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Ill Nature
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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99 Stories of God
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Effractions
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1973
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“She wanted to be extraordinary, to possess a savage glitter.”
Joy Williams

“She was never going to seek gainful employment again, that was for certain. She'd remain outside the public sector. She'd be an anarchist, she'd travel with jaguars. She was going to train herself to be totally irrational. She'd fall in love with a totally inappropriate person. She'd really work on it, but abandon would be involved as well. She'd have different names, a.k.a. Snake, a.k.a. Snow - no that was juvenile. She wanted to be extraordinary, to possess a savage glitter.”
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“There is a certain type of conversation one hears only when one is drunk and it is like a dream, full of humor and threat and significance, deep significance.”
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