An Amateur's Guide to the Night (Paperback)


By Mary Robison

Counterpoint LLC, 9781640090897, 144pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

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A collection of thirteen stories Vogue called "subtle and substantial," part of Counterpoint's series of reissues celebrating this renowned author

As Mary Robison's third book, An Amateur's Guide to the Night stands as an exemplar of her beloved narrative style: purposeful, clipped, and devastating in its restraint. The Los Angeles Times said of the thirteen stories contained within: "As narrative, the stories are inconclusive; as commentaries on the way Americans live now, they're absolute and final." Reflecting on the life of disaffected youth, the stories in An Amateur's Guide to the Night speculate on how they manage to remain deferent towards the rest of society--and documenting how spectacularly they often fail.

About the Author

MARY ROBISON was born in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. She is the author of four collections of stories and four novels. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.