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Later the Same Day

(1985)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Grace Paley's stature among writers of short fiction was established by her first collection, The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), and reconfirmed with the publication of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute in 1974. This new book, a selection from her work over the past ten years, is appropriately titled Later the Same Day: Paley's concerns, or themes, have changed only as much as life's constants change with the passage of time. Those characters familiar to readers of her previous volumes have grown older but are still deeply involved with their parents, their lovers and friends, and their children--the past, present, and future--and the welfare of the wider community. We meet the neighborhood druggist with his tale of familiar heartbreak and small-time bigotry ("Zagrowsky Tells"); a willful father in Puerto Rico who cannot accept the obvious loss of his child by kidnapping ("In the Garden"); a black woman who mourns the fact that her daughter, "born in good cheer," has become only "busy and broad" ("Lavinia: An Old Story")' a visitor from China whose concern is about the children, how to raise them" (The Expensive Moment:); a craftsman whose beautiful creation is stillborn ("This is a Story about My Friend George, the Toy Inventor").

The seenteen stories in Later the Same Day are marked by Paley's low-keyed humor, her rich but economical use of language, and her seemingly endless capacity for empathy. Their substance--the persistence of human and political concerns, despite practical pressures--subtly overwhelms less important matters.


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November 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Later The Same Day
Author(s): Grace Paley
ISBN: 0-86068-701-5 / 978-0-86068-701-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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April 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Later the Same Day
Author(s): Grace Paley
ISBN: 0-374-18409-7 / 978-0-374-18409-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Paperback Editions

July 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Later the Same Day (King Penguin)
Author(s): Grace Paley
ISBN: 0-14-008762-1 / 978-0-14-008762-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Later the Same Day (Contemporary American fiction)
Author(s): Grace Paley
ISBN: 0-14-008641-2 / 978-0-14-008641-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Later the Same Day: Stories
Author(s): Grace Paley
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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