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State of Grace

Joy Williams


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A National Book Award nominee, this haunting, profoundly disquieting novel manages to be at once sparse and lush, to combine Biblical simplicity with Gothic intensity and strangeness.

It is the story of Kate, despised by her mother, bound to her father by ties stronger and darker than blood. It is the story of her attempted escapesin detached sexual encounters, at a Southern college populated by spoiled and perverse beauties, and in a doomed marriage to a man who cannot understand what she is running from. Witty, erotic, searing acute, State of Grace bears the inimitable stamp of one of our finest and most provocative writers.

"Beautifully crafted. . . First rate." —The New York Times Book Review

Praise For State of Grace

"Beautifully crafted. . . First rate." --The New York Times Book Review

"An intense personal vision . . . explosive and hurtfully revealing." --Los Angeles Times

"To put it simply, Joy Williams is the most gifted writer of her generation." --Harold Brodkey

Vintage, 9780679726197, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 1990

About the Author

JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels—the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001—and three other collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.