Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Secrets & Surprises” as Want to Read:
Secrets & Surprises
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Secrets & Surprises

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories -- "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few -- seem even more powerful, and are read and studied as classics of t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 1991 by Vintage (first published 1978)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Secrets & Surprises, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Secrets & Surprises

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Myfanwy
Jun 28, 2010 Myfanwy rated it it was amazing
Can't believe I never read this before as she is one of my faves. Though the stories are 30+ years old, they all feel shockingly relevant to today.
Peter Zuppardo
Apr 09, 2012 Peter Zuppardo rated it it was amazing
Probably the most perfect collection of stories I can think of. "Distant Music" should, if you're a decent person, make you cry.
Rita O'Connell
Sep 11, 2016 Rita O'Connell rated it it was ok
The stories are about boring characters. I couldn't really feel any of them. They seem to always be white people with pointless existences.
J.P.
Oct 17, 2007 J.P. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: literary fiction fans
They say Raymond Carver was the master of the 'minimalist' short story. I love Carver's work---but I believe Beattie gives him a run for his money in regards to the title of "master".

This is classic, in the best sense of the term---and also illustrates why 'minimalist' stories are anything but spare in terms of characterization, plot and theme.
John
Mar 04, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
Beattie perfected that flat, New-Yorker style of writing - which can sometimes be an annoying cliche - but her best stories are poignant snapshots of non-communication and crisis, and a number of them are here.
Diana
Jan 07, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
what a great collection of short stories. Beattie's writing is similar to that of Updike's but her characters aren't as petty.
Carrie Schindele Cupples
Carrie Schindele Cupples rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2009
Gregory Anderson
Gregory Anderson rated it really liked it
Oct 08, 2009
Christine Pacyk
Christine Pacyk rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2010
Mark Flores
Mark Flores rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2015
Stevefk
Stevefk rated it it was ok
Jun 06, 2011
Kara Brightmeyer
Kara Brightmeyer rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2011
Rose
Rose rated it liked it
Jul 30, 2007
Ross McMeekin
Ross McMeekin rated it really liked it
Jun 13, 2016
Donna T
Donna T rated it really liked it
Jul 08, 2014
Su-lauren
Su-lauren rated it really liked it
Aug 15, 2014
Kelly O'toole
Kelly O'toole rated it really liked it
Mar 13, 2013
Conor Robin Madigan
Conor Robin Madigan rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2007
Hyun Rutkowski
Hyun Rutkowski rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2013
Zac
Zac rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2012
Abigail (42stitches)
Abigail (42stitches) rated it really liked it
Aug 16, 2008
Keith
Keith rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2016
Crystal Belle
Crystal Belle rated it it was ok
Apr 19, 2011
Karen Scheidler
Karen Scheidler rated it liked it
Nov 23, 2013
Brandon
Brandon rated it it was ok
Jun 25, 2008
Daisy
Daisy rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2010
Connie Sandlin
Mar 14, 2012 Connie Sandlin rated it did not like it
Boring and pointless. Not really short stories, just depressing vignettes mostly. Blech!
Melki
Melki rated it really liked it
May 13, 2011
Paula
Paula rated it it was ok
Oct 30, 2015
Matt
Matt rated it really liked it
Dec 08, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Best American Short Stories 1993
  • Shiloh and Other Stories
  • The Stories (So Far)
  • Taking Care
  • Another Marvelous Thing
  • In the Land of Men: Stories
  • Moon Deluxe
  • In the Land of Dreamy Dreams
  • Women and Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women
  • Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona
  • Aliens of Affection: Stories
  • The Wonders Of The Invisible World
  • White People
  • The Best American Short Stories 1992
  • Brooklyn Noir
  • Family Dancing
  • The Way We Live Now
  • Meet My Maker, the Mad Molecule
6746
Ann Beattie (born September 8, 1947) is an American short story writer and novelist. She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a PEN/Bernard Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form. Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, and John Updike. She holds an undergraduate degree from Americ ...more
More about Ann Beattie...

Share This Book