Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America"

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before." Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," a professor receives… (more)

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Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


For an introduction to Davis' work, her Collected Stories cannot be surpassed, but the focus on mortality in Can't and Won't casts that famous fussiness of Davis' narrators in an edifying light.

There’s a fine line between boredom and enlightenment, however, and Davis walks it beguilingly.

"Can't and Won't" holds up to Davis' former works, maintaining a level of tragic comedy, introspection and poetry expected from her followers.


Book Details  


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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