Vintage, Paperback, 9780394710488, 720pp.
Publication Date: August 12, 1982
"One of the masters of the short story." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek
"In his 63 years, Frank O'Connor produced an impressive amount of work...but it's his short stories that guarantee his immortality. They are encapsulated universes. While most modern stories focus on a single moment, Frank O'Connor's generally sum up the patterns of whole lives ....Each [story] is, in its own way, shattering." -- Anne Tyler, Chicago Sunday Times
"Walter Benjamin says in his essay on Leskov that people think of a storyteller as someone who has come from afar. O'Connor's best stories put the same thought into our heads; how far, in some imaginative sense, he has to travel to achieve such wisdom and to accomplish it with such Flair." -- Denis Donoghue, New York Times Book Review
"In almost all the stories in this excellently balanced collection O'Connor's people explode from the page. The nice are here and the nasty: the gentle, the generous, the mean, the absurd, those rich in dignity, those without a shred of it....Without adornment, he simply tells the truth." -- William Trevor, Washington Post Book World
"The life work of an artist whose stature is comparable to that of W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, an artist who, in the words of Yeats himself, did for Ireland what Chekhov did for Russia." -- Robert Leiter, Philadelphia Inquirer