Her fictions are fervid endorsements of terrible, joyous life. I am so glad of it. Takes you away to someplace you thought you knew. "Long Stories," a shelf of anthologies I'm erratically working through. To use even fewer words than Diane Williams, one will suffice "tedious", Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. You'll try to figure it out, but you might never. Don’t fret. But she provides enough material in each to chew over for an entire meal.” —The New York Times“Let’s hear it for the magnificent Diane Williams, one of the wittiest and most exacting writers of our time. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Two confessions: I had never heard of Diane Williams before reading about this book AND I've never been a big fan of "experimental" fiction. There was a problem loading your book clubs. . Praise for The Collected Stories of Diane Williams “Erudite, elegant and stubbornly experimental. We can feel ‘the mysteries of daily life’ pulsing through Williams’ keenly observed, contemplative tales.” —San Francisco Chronicle“Her work is certainly odd, but it’s also poetic, passionate, and precisely crafted. Diane Williams is the inverse of David Foster Wallace and an extension of Amy Hempel and I dislike them all for the same reason: reading intelligent people writing deliberately obtusely for the sake of looking smart is actually dumb as bricks. The experience is often unsettling, but her mini-roller-coasters offer a hell of a ride.”—The Arts FusePraise for Diane Williams “Diane Williams is one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde. Often the reader feels as if he is left hanging wondering "what?" And if this is poetry, it would be more along the lines of absurdist poetry. Perhaps it is fashionable to assemble words into nonsensical sequences and call them stories, but these are not stories. All the stories, in one sturdy book. An edgy paradise for those open to an entirely different way of reading. . She lives in New York City and is the founder and editor of the literary annual NOON (est. I believe I actually swooned when I saw that The Collected Stories of Diane Williams was on NetGalley. They thumb their nose at conventional sense, or even unconventional sense. And never need to again. Sometimes I'd finish a paragraph-long story and have no idea what I just read. Be the first to ask a question about The Collected Stories of Diane Williams. I thought I would give it a try. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Really, the only way to make any kind of sense of these is to have Diane Williams sit down next to you and talk you through them. Please try again. Part of the pleasure of reading Williams is you have no idea what’s coming next. Club “A literary event of great import.”—KBOO’s Between the Covers “The classic short story of posterity is a sprawling black hole, pussyfooting around a nub of recognizable truth for pages and pages, while Williams nails it in one.”—The Baffler“A once-in-a-generation event, a cause and effect of authorial significance.”—Literary Hub“This is an omnibus collection that belongs on the shelves of every reader who admires the short story form.”—PopMatters “Imagine little sparks of Old Testament prophets and Edward Gorey and Robert Coover and something else I can’t quite pin down (Dorothy Parker, maybe?) . Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? . Not a single moment of the prose, here, is what you expect, and even the ordinary is, in the context created by Diane Williams, no longer ordinary. Though they are just snapshots, this collection of stories is abrasive and addictive, making you ask hard questions about happiness, love, loss, greed, and apathy while compelling you forward with each new narrative. I have been reading and writing flash fiction since around 2002. For any writer, an omnibus collection is a triumph. If you don’t know about Diane Williams, then you should get to know her. I flew through this 764 page book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The result is a heady immersion into Williams’ wit and the often unsettling situations she throws her characters into, tracing the preoccupations, from sex to selfhood to death, of one of American literature’s most unique voices.”—The A.V. Yes, I longed for this book and here it is! Please try again. Please try again. Some things are just unnecessary for subject and topic matter. Even the titles of the "stories" made me yawn, though they also tend to be very shorts, often a single word. The recent stories seem to circle around a bit, provide a little ground again -- but never much! This collection, featuring an introduction by Ben Marcus, is a gift for Williams’ fans and will surely be a delight for those who are new to her work. These are wackdoodle mumblings. To see years of Ms. Williams’ confounding fictions collected in so hefty a volume is like seeing snowflakes accrue into an avalanche.”—Rumaan Alam, The New York Times “This book will rewire your brain.”—NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour “The godmother of flash fiction.”—The Paris Review “Diane Williams seeks to stun, in something near the literal sense of the word . Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To see years of Ms. Williams’ confounding fictions collected in so hefty a volume is like seeing snowflakes accrue into an avalanche. From Ben Marcus’ introduction to The Collected Stories of Diane Williams: “Diane Williams has spent her long, prolific career concocting ficti A strong selection of stories and vignettes covering a wide spectrum of moments and human emotion. As expected many off the stories are mysterious. The early stories give a reader a little more to go on, then more and more one is left stranded in midair. A master of style, her sentences cut and her stories haunt. The Collected Stories of Diane Williams brings together over three hundred new and previously published short fictions—distilled works of “unsettling brilliance” (Vanity Fair) that have rewritten the rules of the American short story. She has published 8 books and taught at Bard College, Syracuse University and The Center for Fiction in New York City. Williams is a master of flash fiction combining the elements of a story into a space sometimes as small as one paragraph with no more than a half a dozen lines. This collection, featuring an introduction by Ben Marcus, is a gift f, I believe I actually swooned when I saw that The Collected Stories of Diane Williams was on NetGalley. We’d love your help. And if this is poetry, it would be more along the lines of absurdist poetry. I suspect they have been written to shock, baffle, or otherwise poke fun at the reader. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Ottessa Moshfegh, Jennifer Egan, (sometimes) Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, Rachael Kushner, Kate Atkinson, Alice Munro, Jamie Quatro, George Saunders...I believe I've made my point. I consider myself to be fairly sophisticated when it comes to fiction: don't read romance, don't even go for Harry Potter-type fantasy. 1.5 stars, rounded up. They are more accurately classified as poetry since there is no plot to any of these in any sense of the word, and also because it is the prose that is the star element here. They are more accurately classified as poetry since there is no plot to any of these in any sense of the word, and also because it is the prose that is the star element here. I didn't read the whole thing, but may return to it in the future. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Apparently some other writers do. Diane Williams is the founder and editor of the distinguished literary annual. So, when I read an interesting interview with Ms. Williams in a recent issue of The New York Times, I figured I'd shell out the $30 to buy her book, I mean it's over 700 pages and.