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Ann Beattie published her first short story in The New Yorker in 1972. Twenty-eight years later, she received the 2000 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is, as the Washington Post said, "one of our era's most vital masters of the short form." The eleven stories in her new work are peopled by characters coming to terms with the legacies of long-held family myths or confronting altered circumstances, new frailty or sudden, unlikely success. Beattie's ear for language, her complex and subtle wit, and her profound compassion are unparalleled. From the elegiac story "The Famous Poet, Amid Bougainvillea," in which two men trade ruminations on illness, art, and servitude, to "The Big-Breasted Pilgrim," wherein a famous chef gets a series of bewildering phone calls from George Stephanopoulos, PERFECT RECALL comprises Beattie's strongest work in years. It is a riveting commentary on the way we live now by a spectacular prose artist.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743211703
ISBN-10: 0743211707
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 323mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie has published six previous collections of stories such as PERFECT RECALL and six novels including LOVE ALWAYS (Penguin) and FALLING IN PLACE (Penguin). She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

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