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The Accomplished Guest

A collection of stories by


"One of America's finest authors--and arguably best living short-story writer."
Heidi Julavits

A magnificent new collection from award-winning author Ann Beattie - featuring recent O. Henry, Pushcart, and Best American Short Story selections.

Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, Ann Beattie's astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging.

One theme of The Accomplished Guest is people paying visits or receiving visitors, traveling to see old friends, the joys and tolls of hosting company (and of being hosted). The occasion might be a wedding, a birthday, a reunion, an annual Christmas party, or another opportunity to gather and attempt to bond with biological relatives or chosen families. In some stories, as in life, what begins as a benign social event becomes a situation played for high stakes.

The stories in The Accomplished Guest are marked by an undercurrent of loss and an unexpected element of violence, with Beattie's signature mordant humor woven throughout. Some characters provide welcome diversions, others are uninvited interruptions, all are indelibly drawn by the endlessly amusing and accomplished Ann Beattie.

Beattie's debut collection Distortions was published forty years ago, but her writing is as fresh, funny, and relevant as ever. She is "a national treasure, the author of short stories that will endure and continue to inspire" (Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review).

Genre: Literary Fiction
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Used availability for Ann Beattie's The Accomplished Guest

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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: The Accomplished Guest
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 1-68324-468-0 / 978-1-68324-468-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Accomplished Guest: Stories
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 1-5011-1138-8 / 978-1-5011-1138-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Accomplished Guest: Stories
Author(s): Ann Beattie
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

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