A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection
Francine and Freddie live in a little house on the edge of the desert, with not enough money, too many snakes, no coffee, and a very strange gardener named Dennis who wants to start a security cactus ranch and is nursing a lost love. Things are ripe for dissolution.
“The Other Week” is a wickedly sharp, darkly humorous story, from one of contemporary fiction’s most singular voices—a National Book Award nominee and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. A selection from Honored Guest, hailed as “Phenomenally interesting. . . . Miraculously and intelligently weird . . . Joy Williams wastes not a word in the stories that she tells” (Chicago Tribune).
An eBook short.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; May 2015
- ISBN 9781101970713
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: The Other Week
- Author: Joy Williams
In The Press
“Beautiful. . . . Unsettling. . . . [Contains] among the best American short stories of the past two decades.” –The Atlantic Monthly
“The short stories in Joy Williams’s Honored Guest are so vibrant and alive they have heartbeats, the prose so electric and dazzling it makes the pulse race.” –Vanity Fair
“By all means read, and re-read, these subtle and touching and deceptively funny and sometimes darkly magical stories.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch
About The Author
Joy Williams is the author of four novels–the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001–and three collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Key West, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.