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Doctorow: Collected Stories
Random House Publishing Group
336 pp.
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A superb collection of fifteen storiesincluding ';Wakefield,' the inspiration for the film starring Bryan Cranstonby the author of Ragtime, The March, The Book of Daniel, and Billy Bathgate He has been called ';a national treasure' by George Saunders. Doctorow's great topic, said Don DeLillo, is ';the reach of American possibility, in which plain lives take on the cadences of history.' This power is apparent everywhere in these stories: the bravery and self-delusion of people seeking the American dream; the geniuses, mystics, and charlatans who offer people false hope, or an actual glimpse of greatness. In ';A House on the Plains,' a mother has a plan for financial independence, which may include murder. In ';Walter John Harmon,' a man starts a cult using subterfuge and seduction. ';Jolene: A Life' follows a teenager who escapes her home for Hollywood on a perilous quest for success. ';Heist,' the account of an Episcopal priest coping with a crisis of faith, was expanded into the bestseller City of God. ';The Water Works,' about the underbelly of 1870s New York, grew into a brilliant novel. ';Liner Notes: The Songs of Billy Bathgate' is a corollary to the renowned novel and includes Doctorow's revisions. These fifteen stories, written from the 1960s to the early twenty-first century, and selected, revised, and placed in order by the author himself shortly before he died in 2015, are a testament to the genius of E. L. Doctorow.Praise for Doctorow: Collected Stories';Here, without the framework of historical context that defines his best-known novels, we discover a Doctorow equally adept at plumbing the contemporary American psyche and are reminded of literature's loss following his death.'O: The Oprah Magazine ';These talessketches, really, wide-ranging in time, place and circumstancesare penned by a modern master. . . . What makes Doctorow's historical novels brilliant is their engaging prose, smart writerly style, unconventional narratives and inventive and entertaining plots. Same for these dog-eared, pre-owned stories.'USA Today Praise for E. L. Doctorow ';He has rewarded us, these forty-five years, with a vision of ourselves, as a people, a vision possessed of what I might call ';aspirational verve'he sees us clearly and tenderly, just as we are, but also sees past thatto what we might, at our best, become.'George Saunders ';Doctorow did not so much write fiction about history as he seemed to occupy history itself. He owned it. He made it his own.'Ta-Nehisi Coates ';On every level, [Doctorow's] work is powerful. . . . His sensitivity to language is perfectly balanced, and complemented by a gigantic vision.'Jennifer Egan ';[He wrote] with such stunning audacity that I can still remember my parents' awed dinner-table conversation, that summer, about a novel they were reading, called Ragtime, that went up to the overgrown wall enclosing the garden of fiction and opened the doorway to history.'Michael Chabon ';Doctorow's prose tends to create its own landscape, and to become a force that works in opposition to the power of social reality.'Don DeLillo ';A writer of dazzling gifts and boundless imaginative energy.'Joyce Carol Oates

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