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The Stories of J.F. Powers

(2000)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Hailed by Frank O'Connor as one of "the greatest living storytellers," J. F. Powers, who died in 1999, stands with Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Raymond Carver among the authors who have given the short story an unmistakably American cast. In three slim collections of perfectly crafted stories, published over a period of some thirty years and brought together here in a single volume for the first time, Powers wrote about many things: baseball and jazz, race riots and lynchings, the Great Depression, and the flight to the suburbs. His greatest subject, however - and one that was uniquely his - was the life of priests in Chicago and the Midwest. Powers's thoroughly human priests, who include do-gooders, gladhanders, wheeler-dealers, petty tyrants, and even the odd saint, struggle to keep up with the Joneses in a country unabashedly devoted to consumption.

These beautifully written, deeply sympathetic, and very funny stories are an unforgettable record of the precarious balancing act that is American life.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Stories of J.F. Powers (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): J F Powers
ISBN: 0-940322-22-6 / 978-0-940322-22-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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