Can't and won't / Lydia Davis

Author(s): Davis, Lydia, 1947-
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Subjects: Short stories
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: First edition
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
LC Classification: P, PS
Physical Description: xi, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Alternate Title(s): Short stories.
Alternate Titles: Cannot and will not
Notes: LCCN: 2013033909
ISBN: 9780374118587 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0374118582 (hbk.)
Invalid ISN: 9780374711436 (ebk.)
Includes bibliographical references
Man Booker International Prize, 2013
Summary: A fifth collection by the author of the National Book Award finalist, Varieties of Disturbance, includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices
Contents: A story of stolen salamis -- The dog hair -- Circular story -- Idea for a sign -- Bloomington -- The cook's lesson -- At the bank -- Awake in the night -- At the bank: 2 -- The two Davises and the rug -- Contingency (vs. necessity) -- Brief incident in short a, long a, and schwa -- Contingency (vs. necessity) 2: on vacation -- A story told to me by a friend -- The bad novel -- After you left -- The bodyguard -- The child -- The churchyard -- My sister and the Queen of England -- The visit to the dentist -- Letter to a frozen peas manufacturer -- The cornmeal -- Two undertakers -- I ask Mary about her friend, the depressive, and his vacation -- The magic of the train -- Eating fish alone -- Can't and Won't -- Pouchet's wife -- Dinner -- The dog -- The grandmother -- The dreadful mucamas -- Reversible story -- A woman, thirty -- How I know what I like (six versions) -- Handel -- The force of the subliminal -- Her geography: Alabama -- The funeral -- The husband-seekers -- In the gallery -- The low sun -- The landing -- The language of the telephone company -- The coachman and the worm -- Letter to a marketing manager -- The last of the Mohicans -- Grade two assignment -- Master
Contents: An awkward situation -- Housekeeping observation -- The execution -- A note from the paperboy -- In the train station -- The moon -- My footsteps -- How I read as quickly as possible through my back issues of the TLS -- Notes during long phone conversations with mother -- Men -- Negative emotions -- I'm pretty comfortable, but I could be a little more comfortable -- Judgement -- The chairs -- My friend's creation -- The piano -- The party -- The cows -- The exhibition -- Letter to a peppermint candy company -- Her geography: Illinois -- Odon von Horvath out walking -- On the train -- The problem of the vacuum cleaner -- The seals -- Learning medieval history -- My school friend -- The piano lesson -- The schoolchildren in the large building -- The sentence and the young man -- Molly, female cat: history/findings -- The letter to the foundation -- The results of one statistical study -- Revise: 1 -- Short converstaion (in airport departure lounge) -- Revise: 2 -- Left luggage -- Waiting for takeoff -- Industry -- The sky above Los Angeles -- Two characters in a paragraph -- Swimming in Egypt -- The language of things in the house -- The washerwomen -- Letter to a hotel manager -- Her birthday -- My childhood friend -- Their poor dog -- Hello dear -- Not interested
Contents: Old woman, old fish -- Staying at the pharmacist's -- The song -- Two former students -- A small story about a small box of chocolates -- The woman next to me on the airplane -- Writing -- Wrong thank-you in theater -- The rooster -- Sitting with my little friend -- The old soldier -- Two sligo lads -- The woman in red -- If at the wedding (at the zoo) -- The gold digger of Goldfields -- The old vacuum cleaner keeps dying on her -- Flaubert and point of view -- Family shopping -- Local obits -- Letter to the president of the American Biographical Institute, Inc. -- Nancy Brown will be in town -- Ph.D
OCLC Number: 846545526
ISBN/ISSN: 9780374118587