Where You'll Find Me and Other Stories

Where You ll Find Me and Other Stories Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as one of our era s most vital masters of the short form Ann Beattie offers readers unforgettable glimpses of people coming to terms with the world around the

  • Title: Where You'll Find Me and Other Stories
  • Author: Ann Beattie
  • ISBN: 9780743226783
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as one of our era s most vital masters of the short form, Ann Beattie offers readers unforgettable glimpses of people coming to terms with the world around them Most of the characters in Where You ll Find Me grew up in the 1960s and 1970s when we meet them they are in their twenties and thirties and embody a curious, yet famHailed by the Washington Post Book World as one of our era s most vital masters of the short form, Ann Beattie offers readers unforgettable glimpses of people coming to terms with the world around them Most of the characters in Where You ll Find Me grew up in the 1960s and 1970s when we meet them they are in their twenties and thirties and embody a curious, yet familiar, fusion of hope and despair In finely crafted, often surprising narratives, Beattie writes of women nursing broken hearts, men looking for love, and married couples struggling to stay together.

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    1. Glenn Sumi

      3.5 rounded up to 4.I hadn’t read anything by Ann Beattie in a long time, and then last year one of her excellent stories popped up in the Best American Short Stories 2014 anthology, and I recalled that I owned a couple of her books that I’d begun and never finished. This was one of them.I’m glad I finally read it. Not every story is a gem, but a few are outstanding. In addition, the book has a “wintry” feel that's oddly appropriate for the season. (Which reminds me: perhaps I should r [...]

    2. Rebecca McNutt

      Where You'll Find Me is a very unexpectedly amazing story collection, full of inspiration, bittersweet nostalgia and creativity.

    3. Larry Bassett

      This book of short stories includes some in NYC and others about NYC people. I love NYC. The age of the characters does not matter because I always start out thinking of them in their 50s with comfortable clothes and tosseled hair, maybe like Archie and Edith Bunker. Then if it turns out they have a two year old child, I know I was wrong but am not always successful at altering my imagination. I am comfortable being around Ann Beattie’s people.This is my introduction to Ann Beattie. I was look [...]

    4. Lori

      SNOW"This is a story, told the way you say stories should be told: Somebody grew up, fell in love, and spent the winter with her lover in the country. This, of course, is the barest outline, and futile to discuss. It's as pointless as throwing birdseed on the ground while snow still falls fast. Who expects small things to survive when even the largest getlost? People forget years and remember moments. Seconds and symols are left to sum things up: the black shroud over the pool. Love, in its shor [...]

    5. Steve

      There's something pale and cold about this book, but that's not an insult. The prose is well crafted. The stories in which not much happens are well told and make you care about the details. That said, even the heavy stories (such as the one about the effect a child's death has on a married couple) seem to understand life from a distance. The experience seems more intellectual than emotional. Perhaps that is the writer's art.

    6. Ashley

      One of the most beautifully written collections of short fiction that I have ever read. Ann Beattie has a way of scooping out a hollow space in my soul and filling it with some indescribable weight. She has so much meaning in the simplest stories. After each one, I ended up holding the book close to my chest and just feeling it. Powerful. I love this book.

    7. Don

      The writing's excellent. Clear and concise, just how I like it. It was hard for me to personally relate to some of the characters, but that's not for lack of Beattie's trying. I can relate to folks who "summer" and have second apartments in the City about as well as I can relate the hard-drinking, hard-living folks in Raymond Carver's stories, which is to say not really all that much. Doesn't really stop either writers' stories from punching me in the gut, though.Some might call some of the refe [...]

    8. CatherineMustread

      Listened to the title story on "Selected Shorts" podcast. An adult brother and sister share intimate secrets while preparing for a Christmas party. Selected Shorts - Between Meals: feedproxy.google/~r/Select

    9. Colin Brightwell

      Pretty forgettable. Just read Lorrie Moore's short fiction instead. Don't waste your time with this.

    10. Joey Schwab

      Short, obsessively detailed, schizophrenic snapshots. A Raymond Carver for Generation X. Janus was a standout. Unfortunately though, I left the stories feeling more confused than enlightened.

    11. Heather

      I found many of these stories to be beautiful in moments but predictable in their overarching ideas. Almost every story had some form of infidelity or at least an uneasy awareness of a crumbling relationship. However, what kept me reading was Beattie's ability to create snapshots in time. She is so good at capturing nuances of a moment that are believable simply in their commonplace simplicity. And this collection has the first story I ever read by her in college, "Snow." It remains to this day [...]

    12. Jack

      Whenever I read Ann Beattie, I wonder why it's been so long, and why she isn't in my pantheon of favorite writers. These stories are perfect little gems. A husband and wife are driving home from a dinner party, on a snowy night; upon their safe return, the husband is too tired, or a wee bit drunk, and cannot make it upstairs. Her response touches not only for what it means in the moment, but what it says about their marriage in toto, and the struggle that they have been through in the wake of a [...]

    13. R.

      What was the most memorable scene in the book? Why?The most memorable scene in the book was on page 176 - as the main characters discuss the lives of the guests scheduled to arrive at a Christmas party, a passing reference to the Internet is made: "he's got a computer terminal in his house that's hooked up to some mysterious office in New York. Tells funny jokes. They come at him all day over the computer." This stands out only because the story was written (and published in Vanity Fair) in 1986 [...]

    14. Janet Gardner

      Like most short story collections, this one was uneven. The best, including the title story, were terrific. My favorite was a little three-page gem called “Snow,” which was so exquisite and lyrical that I read it three times, each more slowly than the last. Other stories, though, were just okay, seeming to go on too long or to end before they really got going (and, in one odd case, both). And a few I found simply baffling--little slice-of-life pieces that left me wondering why the author cho [...]

    15. Will E

      If and when I get married I hope that love is huge and pure and faithful, so at the very least I'll never be tempted to write a single goddamn short story about my lover and/or mid-life crisis. I GET IT ANN BEATTIE, IT'S HARD TO BE IN YOUR 40s.(Which is not to say that this book is bad; in fact, the title story is quite marvelous. But it is basically the same two or three stories repeated with variation. I think I just read this at a bad time, and just not in the mood for white middle class clic [...]

    16. Briannesha

      Each short story had something to offer in its own way. There were a few that I felt needed better endings. Ann Beattie can form pretty passages out of simple things, she is undeniably a master at short fiction. Each of the stories read like a mystery. Out the the sixteen stories there were four that I would consider to be the best (Snow, Lofty, Janus,and Cards). and five that disappointed me (Taking Hold, Skeletons, The Big Outside World, High School, and Spiritus). The remaining stories and bo [...]

    17. Rachel

      This collection of short stories really flew by for me, and now I can hardly remember them, but I do remember feeling like I never got the whole story with these peeks into some other lives. The characters were highly believable and Beattie always mentions little details like that one guy always hates putting plastic wrap on the things he puts in the fridge. Little things like that, without looking like she's trying to hard.

    18. Nicole LaPorte

      I'd always heard that ann beattie was stop no. 1 in american short story writing, and I can see why. both breezier and more abstract than, say, raymond carver, beattie writes with incredibly vivid efficiency. by the first sentence you're in her characters' worlds and then, almost as suddenly, are dropped off, a feeling that leaves you feeling somewhat sad, even betrayed. that is until you dive right into the next one.

    19. Lauren

      This book of 16 short stories has a brilliant subtlety that lingers heavily after this quick read is done.It seems light probably due to the way the detailed descriptions of emotional and geographical situations seem effortless. natural. The stories overlap, sort of, maybe, in a really un-obvious or amorphous way that i really liked. Also these stories are pretty 80s but few things about them seem really dated to me.

    20. Michelle Despres

      I can't believe I'm giving this book only two stars. I loved the first few stories and didn't want to put the book down. It went downhill from there. Mostly twos and threes for me, and overall I wish I would have read something else.Unlike other reviewers, I liked the non-plot-driven stories and style."People forget years and remember moments."

    21. Will McGrath

      Bourgeois discontent, starring educated white people.And yet: 3 or 4 of the stories here are absolutely perfect - brief hyperrealistic portraits of people adrift in their mid-life. The collection reads like cluster of empathetic polaroids from the mid-1980s, the same shot over and again from different angles, occasionally brilliant.

    22. Jim

      Ann Beattie is always the wordsmith. Simple and selective with words. A collection of short stories, with characters clearly drawn and developed in minimal page space. An interesting perspective of men, women, and her work is ageless. This is my first review(haven't read the site advise yet, so I will go easy, without spoilers ***).

    23. Christy Sibila

      It may just be that Ann Beattie isn't the writer for my generation, but I had difficulty relating to her intensely egocentric characters. Furthermore, her tedious obsession with cheating partners/spouses borders on pathological.

    24. Erika

      I really liked this collection of short stories. It can be difficult to get invested enough in a short story, but I found myself really interested in the characters, and where they were going in such a short time.

    25. Marika Gillis

      This is a book of short stories that I found to be rather average and very forgettable. As I am writing this "review" 7 months after reading the book, I find very little has stuck with me. I'm sure there are more memorable ways to spend your time.

    26. Carfig

      Better than "The Burning House" in that there ere fewer people getting drunk or stoned--so juvenile. The characters are more grown up here, but not so much as to avoid extramarital affairs. Interesting insights and open-ended stories.

    27. Art

      So glad when it was over. Didn't see the point to any story, just a ramble of pointless and boring narration.

    28. Joseph

      The stories are classic Ann Beattie -- insightful and probing as well as just brilliantly entertaining.

    29. Elisabeth Kinsey

      She's the female Raymond Carver. Her en medias res style puts you in the middle of everything. Her characters are friends of yours. Always articulate and interesting!

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