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The Stupefaction: stories and a novella

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Praising her ingenious subversions of the conventions of narrative. The New York Times has called Diane Williams "a master spy, a double agent in the house of fiction." In this book she broadens the riotously disruptive program of her earlier collections. piecing together stories out of jagged shards of consciousness to give form to our most complicated longings.

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 21st 1996 by Knopf (first published 1996)
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Nate D
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Diane Williams' style is difficult to describe because she resembles little else in fiction. Her deft, perfect stories are deeply strange without being unreal, and would be difficult to describe them as quirky, or other throwaway terminologies for the unusual. I said this about her more recent collection as well, but I'll say it again: here, at last, I understand more of the potential of the ultra-short form that is usually attributed to flash fiction. I'm not sure that these are flash fictions, ...more
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Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Diane Williams: "When I wrote The Stupefaction I was giddy. The labor may have been the cause of my giddiness. Nothing at that time seemed to me beside the point." (From interview here.
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Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Forgettable, even after having just read it.
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The perfect book to read while sick and unable to do little else, including other books. This is positive review.
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Diane Williams is an American author, primarily of short stories. She lives in New York City and is the founder and editor of the literary annual NOON (est. 2000). She has published 8 books and taught at Bard College, Syracuse University and The Center for Fiction in New York City.

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