Your cart

Close

Total AUD

Checkout

Imprint

  • Abacus

Sweet Land Stories

E. L. Doctorow

5 Reviews

Rated 0

Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A dazzling collection of short works crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E.L. Doctorow is famous

You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick house in rural Illinois ('A House on the Plains'), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ('Baby Wilson'), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ('Walter John Harmon'), sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages ('Jolene: A Life'), and witnessing an FBI special agent at a personal crossroads while he investigates a grave breach of White House Security ('Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden').

Comprised in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of a corrupted spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers.

Read More Read Less

Praise for Sweet Land Stories

  • The perfect short story is a novel boiled down to a bouillon cube, or perhaps a single drop of water with a world reflected in its surface. These intense, vivid snapshots of the American psyche, by that old wizard, E.L. ragtime Doctorow, come close to that platonic ideal... Doctorow has a deep respect for all his characters, and a genius for finding remarkable things in outwardly unremarkable lives - THE TIMES

  • The exact use of language, allied to an underlying compassion, makes this writer hugely appealing - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • Powerfully compact and direct - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

  • Though they number just five, each of these masterful short stories lingers in the mind with the weight of a far longer work' - DAILY MAIL

  • The stories in E.L. Doctorow s new collection are all about the improvisation of family life, and the small-scale crimes required to sustain the illusion of marriage and parenthood' - DAILY TELEGRAPH

Read More Read Less

E. L. Doctorow

E L Doctorow's work is published in thirty languages. Among his honours are the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), the PEN/Faulkner Award and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. He lives and works in New York.

This website uses cookies. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here.Close cookie policy overlay