The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
by Deborah Eisenberg
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For the past quarter century or so, Deborah Eisenberg has been writing such perfect, satisfying, yet un-expectedly disturbing short stories that you would have had to be out of your mind to ask her for a novel. It's been quite clear from the work she has already given us that she's capable of saying everything that needs to be said in discrete units of six thousand words or less. And yet it now turns out that when you put all four of her story collections into a single chronologically ordered volume, something emerges that, while not quite a novel, has certain novelistic qualities—including, among other things, an overarching plot and personalities that develop over time.
The plot, as I see it, goes something like this: A young woman who has trouble with her family, with men, with earning a living, with questions
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