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Fight No More: Stories

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  116 reviews
This wonderfully original collection proves once again that Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet is “the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves” (Chicago Tribune). In Fight No More, Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting a community through the houses they inhabit ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company (first published June 12th 2018)
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da AL
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the start, I worried that the characters weren't compelling enough to keep reading about, but I'm glad I did. In these short stand-alone stories, Millet refers often to real estate. Like bricks, one by one the book builds into the story of how our best families are often the ones we make. The audiobook performer is excellent. ...more
Janet Palmer
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interconnected short stories that I couldn't stop reading. Finished the book in two days. Some are gut punching but all are amazing. Moved to read other books by this author. What a talent! ...more
Conor Ahern
I don't know how I became aware of this book, but I didn't love it. It started off whimsical and funny, engaging. But the story (which is told through a series of characters who are connected to the protagonist, a SoCal realtor) was just kind of fluffy and not very interesting. It ended abruptly and without much effect.

It's short but I still think it's worth skipping.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, perused
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This generation's Visit from the Goon Squad. Read the first two short stories - OK, not terrible, passed the time. I imagine there will be a big audience for this collection, namely that sweet spot where "housewives" and "real estate agents" meets on the Venn, so I don't feel bad giving up: this book
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, september-2018
Exactly what I want in connected stories. One of these was so creepy! I’m still feeling it. Great writing, I will definitely read her again.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not so much a short story collection but a novel with a different character narrating each chapter. Lydia Millet is a master of controlling the reader's emotions throughout, and you'll find empathy in places you'd never expect. ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Lydia Millet.
That's all.
She can do no wrong for me.
Laura Hill
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publication date: June 12, 2018
Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Character: 4

A set of 13 interlocking stories about individuals loosely coupled through L.A. real estate transactions. A wide variety of topics - a depressed musician in a pool, a house whose owner swears little men have moved in to do all the work, a phone sex worker who lands a gig as a nanny, surprising new loves, an old woman giving up her home - each story is a told from the perspective of a single person reflecting on some aspect of their li
William Mego
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
A set of stories which like many good stories, devastate you. After the first two, I pined at the thought that I desperately wanted to know what would happen in the characters lives. Delightedly, we find out. But for every sweet joy, a gut-punch. Unabashedly I say this is brilliant writing, and I’m in love.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying collection
Realized I was hate reading so my friend convinced me to stop - DNF @50%

The homophobic and ableist remarks/slurs completely took away from whatever narrative was attempting to be told in these short stories and I just couldn't continue
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-collection
Excellent story collection. My favorite of Millet's work to date. 4.5 stars ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home. Is there a more relatable device, a more oft-trodden path in literature – and music, and movies, and, well, everything – than that of home? Home is, as they say, where the heart is, even for those whom are heartless. Home is, as they also say, where I want to be, even if they’re already there. In the case of Lydia Millet’s excellent Fight No More, home is a feeling, a state of being, a beating, pulsating heart – ironic given that the stories that make up this collection (is it a collection ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
3.5⭐️ rounded up. This book is a collection of interconnected short stories that revolve around a real estate agent and the people whose houses she sells. The stories have a very modern feel and encompass issues of race and poverty vs wealth. The characters are widely varied from wayward teens to older Holocaust survivor. Each is told from the perspective of a different character and the individual voices ring true. More of a character study than a story.
Jo Birdsell
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books this year. Each short story was complete. How each story related to the others was masterfully done. I wanted to keep reading but did not want to finish the book.
I'm hesitant to say that I really liked this book. I was turned off by the treatment of the black character in the first story. He comes back. But, while all of the other characters were able to grow and be developed, the black character in the first story was just a prop. And, the way that Nina made assumptions about his background was certainly off putting. I think that's what's hard about being a black woman and reading white authors write about black characters. They're never fully developed ...more
I didn't realize these stories were linked until the third or fourth one - a pleasant surprise. Judging by the Goodreads opinions of her last two novels - both of which I thoroughly enjoyed - Millet is a divisive figure. Some reviewers find her "too clever," which seems weirdly offensive to me. This collection is front-loaded with some mildly obscene material that sensitive readers may find off-putting, but I would urge them to push through, as the stories become increasingly subtle. My two favo ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best short story collections I've read in a long time. The stories are linked through Nina, a real estate agent, and all the stories deal directly or indirectly with the idea of home -- what makes a home comfortable, meaningful, how attached we get and how that attachment brings out both the best and worst in us. Millet is especially adept at characterization, both with characters that make your skin crawl (Pete...but you can't stop reading) to characters that seem like a lost cause b ...more
Michele Harrod
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I grabbed this at the library - possibly because of the tag in the front that proclaimed it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Maybe because I thought some short stories would be a nice distraction to dip into, between other books. Ha! By the third story the characters had me by the throat and I’ve barely been able to put this down. I love how all the stories cleverly link together. Acerbic genius! With characters to love and loathe. I’m going straight from here to order up all her othe ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the easiest 5-star ratings I’ve given. Ms. Millet continues to amaze! No spoilers here, just kudos for writing at its best, when you forget you’re even reading a book because you’re so caught up in the lives of the characters. And boy, does she know how to end a story! This book may look like a collection of short stories, but they are connected, so it’s probably best to read them in order. My favorite one, though, is “The Fall of Berlin.” Outstanding!
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I've never read any of Linda Millet's work before, but I plan to get acquainted with her backlist. I don't usually read many collections of short stories, but this book received lots of good press, and I liked that the stories were connected by a real estate theme. The writing was descriptive without being fussy, and the characters didn't sound alike. ...more
Lauren Taylor
Not my cup of tea. The book floats from different character's perspectives and it was a struggle to track what was going on chapter to chapter. Also, while some of the stories were interesting, some were super odd? There's literally a lady who think she has seven dwarves renovating her house. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why on earth is Lydia Millet not a more well known author? These stories are truly wonderful, engaging, and just a little off kilter. So enjoyable. I loved Sweet Lamb of Heaven, and now that I've also loved this, I'm tempted to go back and read the entirety of her work. ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have so many feelings about this book that I am entirely unable to unpack, but keep stumbling over them as I try to discuss. That said - I cannot wait to Millet’s other books.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interconnected stories from pov's of characters from wildly different socieconomic circumstances and dysfunction whose lives intersect in varying degrees. At turns, bleak and hopeful. brilliant. ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories loosely woven around a relator in California. Millet is adept at drawing her characters. I felt I was in each story.
Crystal Hiatt
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying collection. Unlike many short story collections, these were all connected by a central character. I found that element unique, well developed and interesting.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Cleverly interlocked stories with revolving characters. Her writing is good, but ultimately everyone was oppressed or depressed or obsessed and so I was glad when it was over because everyone was in a state of some kind of distress.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books

Writing 5
Story line 4
Characters 4
Emotional impact 4

Overall rating 4.25
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of interconnected stories.
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Lydia Millet has written twelve works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her books have been longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named as New York Times Notable Books. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize fina ...more

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