By Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis is considered one of our most unique and influential writers. She has been referred to as "an American virtuoso of the quick tale shape" (Salon) and "one of the quiet giants . . . of yankee fiction" (Los Angeles instances e-book Review). Now, for the 1st time, Davis's brief tales can be accrued in a single quantity, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 nationwide e-book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance.
The amassed tales of Lydia Davis is an occasion in American letters.
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