Thursday, April 30, 2009

New this Month: Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward

Though it’s early to be thinking this way, Love Stories in This Town (Ballantine) strikes me as the perfect beach read. Though Amanda Eyre Ward has been building her reputation on some really wonderful novels (including 2003’s extraordinary Sleep Towards Heaven, since optioned for film by Sandra Bullock and FOX Searchlight) this is her first collection and she proves here that she has an eye for the short take, as well as the longer haul.

In an interview, though, Eyre Ward explains that she came to short fiction first. “By the end of college,” she says, “writing a beautiful short story was the only thing I wanted to do. I wanted to be Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, and Richard Ford, so after a year abroad, I moved to Montana.”

Montana turns up in Love Stories in This Town, as do many of the places Eyre Ward has lived: San Francisco, Savannah, Texas: in a dozen stories, the author explores women and love with razor-sharp wit and a dazzling eye for detail.



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