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Collected Stories

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From the celebrated author of The Lost Language of Cranes and While England Sleeps, an important literary event: the complete collected short fiction.

This handsome edition gathers together stories from Family Dancing (a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Prize), A Place I've Never Been, and The Marble Quilt, which has never before
Paperback, 656 pages
Published November 5th 2003 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2003)
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Jan 07, 2013 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful, perfect book and even though it is the first thing I have read by David Leavitt, since it contains three collections' worth of stories (Family Dancing, A Place I've Never Been, and The Marble Quilt) and I devoured the whole thing in two weeks I have no hesitation in naming him my new favorite short story writer.

There are a few common themes that crop up frequently throughout the stories, namely sickness/death/dying and complicated/difficult family relationships. Of course m
Feb 16, 2015 Eduardo rated it it was amazing
This book contains three sections [totaling 28 pieces] and they are the three books of short stories that Leavitt had published by 2003 (Family Dancing + A Place I’ve Never Been + The Marble Quilt). I started ‘in media res’, with the second collection, as I had recently read Family Dancing (1983) shortly before.
I remember that I said myself then that I wanted to read more of Leavitt and that I hoped that he would evolve in style and scope and goals with time. And he has. In the stories of A Pla
Jan 12, 2010 Maureen rated it it was amazing
The first book I bought in San Francisco, this didn't disappoint. It lit a fire under my butt and made me write more than I had before.
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Leavitt is a graduate of Yale University and a professor at the University of Florida, where he is the co-director of the creative writing program. He is also the editor of Subtropics magazine, The University of Florida's literary review.

Leavitt, who is openly gay, has frequently explored gay issues in his work. He divides his time between Florida and Tuscany, Italy.
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