Ann Beattie’s new short story collection is entitled The State We’re In. It’s a collection of loosely…
Carver has been an active part of my adult life and for the most part, the reason I’ve tried to become a writer. I like his people, they’re believable, and certainly more real than real, in most cases. Reading the Ann Beattie stories made me want to grab a Carver story, just to have it as a comparison.
I have a very ambitious plan for this collection, but to spell it out would drain it’s potency. I’ll probably screw it up, so… I didn’t always understand Walks With Men, because it flipped around, and through very tight and sparse sadness, seemed to fold in on itself. What that means, I don’t know.
I’ll be honest, after page fifty I didn’t get Walks With Men. I understand that Jane, fresh out of school, and living in NYC mid 1980, falls in love with Neil, who is married, and doesn’t tell her. I got that part. I understood why she did it, or did it after she found out she was the “other woman”, but I didn’t get the guy living in Vermont, I mean I get it, but it’s like, what?
On the new release list this week are a few tp reprints, including Matterhorn and Ann Beattie’s New Yorker Stories. Also, if you were paying attention last week, you’ve already gotten a dose of Mark Safranko. You know what to do to get more. There’s also the new Patrick Somerville from our friends at Featherproof books – look for a review later this week.