Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You

New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

Book - 2015
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Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has only grown more exalted. As we approach the centenary of her birth comes this compilation of 56 pieces--more than forty never before published. Two of Jackson's children co-edited this volume, culling through the vast archives of their mother's papers at the Library of Congress, selecting only the very best for inclusion. Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jackson's landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties, household budgets and commutes, children's games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community--the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space. This collection showcases Jackson's radically different modes of writing side by side, showing her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist.--Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780812997668
0812997662
Call Number: F JACKSON
Characteristics: xxvii, 416 pages ; 24 cm

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JormpJomp
Jul 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this collection!

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sadieoldenkamp
May 27, 2016

It was nice getting in one last fix from a favorite author, since I thought I had seen the last of her work. Not as good as her "Just an Ordinary Day" anthology though.

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santiano9
Dec 15, 2015

Very disappointing after all I read about this author. Short stories were not crisp and were dated.

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advega718
Aug 28, 2015

Avid Jackson fans/readers will appreciate this compilation of stories, but it's not a good introduction to the author. Unfinished pieces, works that needed better editing and plots that seemingly go nowhere makeup a bit of this collection.

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