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American Innovations

(2014)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A BRILLIANT NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE "CONSPICUOUSLY TALENTED" (TIME) RIVKA GALCHEN

Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times

In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka's Galchen's American Innovations, a young woman's furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family.
The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. Just as Wallace Stevens's "Anecdote of the Jar" responds to John Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Galchen's "The Lost Order" covertly recapitulates James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while "The Region of Unlikeness" is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges's "The Aleph." The title story, "American Innovations," revisits Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose."
By turns realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: American Innovations
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-00-754878-8 / 978-0-00-754878-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2014 : Canada Hardback
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Title: American Innovations
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-4434-2591-5 / 978-1-4434-2591-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Innovations: Stories
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 0-374-28047-9 / 978-0-374-28047-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: AMERICAN INNOVATIONS
Author(s): Galchen
ISBN: 0-00-754877-X / 978-0-00-754877-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Innovations: Stories
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
ISBN: 1-250-06923-8 / 978-1-250-06923-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: American Innovations
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: American Innovations
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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May 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: American Innovations: Stories
Author(s): Rivka Galchen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon