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Some Trick

(2018)
A collection of stories by

 
 
NPR Best Book of the Year

New York Public Library's Best Books for Adults

At last a new book: a baker's dozen of stories all with Helen DeWitt's razor-sharp genius

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."

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 0-8112-2782-0 / 978-0-8112-2782-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Some Trick
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 0-8112-2893-2 / 978-0-8112-2893-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Author(s): Helen Dewitt
ISBN: 1-978616-23-6 / 978-1-978616-23-3
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Author(s): Helen Dewitt
ISBN: 1-978616-24-4 / 978-1-978616-24-0
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA