The State We're In: Maine Stories

The State We're In: Maine Stories

“Ann Beattie at her most magnificent…Her first new collection in ten years...These tales explore the range of emotional states the author is famous for: longing, disaffection, ambivalence, love, regret. It’s nice to hear her voice again” (People).

“A peerless, contemplative page-turner” (Vanity Fair), The State We’re In is about how we live in the places we have chosen—or been chosen by. It’s about the stories we tell our families, our friends, and… (more)

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Editorial reviews (6 reviews)


Dense with off-kilter insight and suggestive characterisation, these are pieces that wrongfoot you in the best way.

If you’re interested in well-written, universal tales that surprise and entice, pull up an Adirondack chair and dig in. Just don’t get up too quickly.

We constantly choose what we find special and toss away things that we don’t. Ms. Beattie masterfully shows us this in this collection. How she makes it look so easy is what makes it so special.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (August 11, 2015)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781501111372

Page count: 224 pages

File size: 2.4 MB

Language: English


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