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Thirteen Ways of Looking

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann has transfixed listeners with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.

"As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing."

In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life's work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In "Sh'khol", a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In "Treaty", an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in "What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?", a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year's Eve.

Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter but in the end do not fail us and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.

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February 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4104-8609-5 / 978-1-4104-8609-7 (USA edition)
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October 2015 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Thirteen Ways Of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4434-4625-4 / 978-1-4434-4625-9 (Canada edition)
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October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-8129-9672-0 / 978-0-8129-9672-2 (USA edition)
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October 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-6983-7 / 978-1-4088-6983-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-6985-3 / 978-1-4088-6985-7 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-8169-1 / 978-1-4088-8169-9 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Thirteen Ways Of Looking: A Novel and Three Stories
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4434-4626-2 / 978-1-4434-4626-6 (Canada edition)
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September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-8129-8658-X / 978-0-8129-8658-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4088-6984-5 / 978-1-4088-6984-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
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May 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-5100-3298-3 / 978-1-5100-3298-9 (UK edition)
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October 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-14-752158-0 / 978-0-14-752158-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction
Author(s): Colum McCann
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Title: Thirteen Ways Of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
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October 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House
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October 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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