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The Expendables: Stories

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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,

Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 18th 1999 by Scribner (first published 1989)
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Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book came out in 1989, my second year of college. I was 19, and beginning to embrace what became a failed hope that I would pursue the writer's life, specifically in fiction, and my first creative writing instruction at the college level was from Antonya Nelson at New Mexico State University. It was from her that I learned quite a bit, including the somewhat earth-shattering news that there was such a thing as literary fiction. Literary fiction, to my not-quite-adult mind, was basically non ...more
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first published collection of short stories by one of America's best contemporary short story writers. She is a master of the form, managing to accomplish narrative dexterity, consistently authentic characters and surprising but uncannily accurate insights into human relationships. She weaves in these stories intricate webs out of the intersection between destiny, circumstance and the random acts of fate that bedevil us all.

Most of her characters are women, casting about in one way or anoth
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I love her writing, for this collection some stories resonated deeply and others I never really got into. All in all it’s a good collection of stories from a great author.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
More very well written short stories.
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Antonya Nelson is one of my favorite contemporary short fiction writers
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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 ...more