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Twilight of the Superheroes: Stories 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Deborah Eisenberg

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vitawallace February 5th, 2007 09:21 PM PST

I've only read half of All Around Atlantis so far, but I am loving it and couldn't resist adding Eisenberg and the book to this website. The stories are about confusion and leave the characters confused and yet somehow a clarity, a beauty, emerges. There's a story about a pianist on tour in Latin America that's full of unlikely characters and events; it is hilarious to me because it is so close to my own experiences on tour in Latin America!

pageminder February 6th, 2007 06:58 PM PST

Under the 82nd Airborne is the book that made a Deborah Eisenberg fan of me. She is a very powerful AND engaging writer, and there is not a false word in her sentences. I would suggest starting with "Twilight of the Superheroes" because it is more current. At least two of the stories in it are nothing short of great. But she's pretty great altogether, so maybe you can't go too far wrong.


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The following is from the Lannan Foundation's website:
Deborah Eisenberg is the author of five collections of short stories.... Eisenberg is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, in 2003, a Lannan Literary Fellowship. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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