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Some Trick

Thirteen Stories

Some Trick
9781978616240
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2018/10/16
Amazon/Brilliance Publishing

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5.3 X 6.8 in
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FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Satire
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Description

Hailed a “Best Book of the Year” by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Vulture, and the New York Public Library

Finalist for the 2019 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. “Look,” a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate.” In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.”


Author Bio

Author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods, “Helen Dewitt knows, in descending order of proficiency, Latin, ancient Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese: ‘The self is a set of linguistic patterns,’ she said. ‘Reading and speaking in another language is like stepping into an alternate history of yourself where all the bad connotations are gone’ (New York Magazine).”

RITA-nominated author Colleen Thompson first cut her teeth writing historical romances under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee. But she couldn’t resist the draw of intrigue and neither could her readers. Together they’ve traveled the twists and turns through her more than fifteen tales of romantic suspense. A native of New Jersey, Thompson now calls Texas home. When she’s not out and about exploring the Lone Star State with her husband, she’s at home writing or playing with her two rescue dogs.