Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, Antonya Nelson's debut collection of stories displays the off-beat perceptions, the humor, and the sensibility that have won the author not only critical acclaim but a host of devoted readers. Most of the stories in The Expendables are about marriage -- marriage in process, about to be, about not to be anymore, possibly transgressed,...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Avon Books
(first published 1989)
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This is the second book of short stories I have really enjoyed. One of the stories, Dog Problems, was about a young couple, Adrienne and David and their dog Blanche. Adrienne and Blanche were a couple before David came into the picture, and very quickly, we discover that David often feels like the outsider looking in. Blanche is well behaved and affectionate with both humans, but there is clearly a connection between her and Adrienne that does not include David. One day David calls in sick even...more
This collection shows us many individuals in couples in transitional periods in their relationships. The writing is generally very good (although there were some places where a copy editor should have stepped in) but I couldn't sense any theme connecting these pieces, which would have brought a little more needed weight and message.
Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction, including Nothing Right and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell. Nelson’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA...moreMore about Antonya Nelson...