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published: Apr 2001
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Middle Stories /hc

by Sheila Heti

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short stories (single author), literary
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list price: $24.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Apr 2001
ISBN:9780887841743
imprint: Astoria
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Balancing wisdom and innocence, joy and foreboding, each story in The Middle Stories leads us to surprising places. A frog doles out sage advice to a plumber infatuated with a princess, a boy falls hopelessly in love with a monkey, and a man with a hat keeps apocalyptic thoughts at bay by resolving to follow a plan that he admits he won't stick to.

Globe and Mail critic Russell Smith has described Heti's stories as cryptic fairy tales without morals at the end, but really the morals are in the quality of the telling and in the details disclosed along the way. Look where you weren't going to look, think what you wouldn't have thought, Heti seems to say, and meaning itself gains more meaning, more dimensions. Heti's stories are not what you expect, but why did you expect that anyway?

About the Author

Sheila Heti

SHEILA HETI is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels Ticknor, How Should a Person Be?, and Motherhood, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, London Review of Books, Globe and Mail, n+1, McSweeney’s, and Believer. She was named one of “The New Vanguard” by the New York Times book critics; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the twenty-first century.” Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages.

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