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Sweet Land Stories

E. L. Doctorow

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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.

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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

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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.

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