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Break It Down (Paperback)

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The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis's trademarks--dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise. Although the certainty of her prose suggests a world of almost clinical reason and clarity, her characters show us that life, thought, and language are full of disorder. Break It Down is Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is "a magician of self-consciousness."

About the Author

LYDIA DAVIS has received a MacArthur genius grant among other honors. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

Praise For…

“Davis is one of the most precise and economical writers we have.” —DAVE EGGERS, McSweeney’s

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374531447
ISBN-10: 0374531447
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: September 16th, 2008
Pages: 177
Language: English
Series: FSG Classics