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ISBN: 9781451659092
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2012

This collection reminded me why I love Don Delillo so much. These stories, which span his whole career, really show off the author at his best. I have been feeling for quite a while that the reason I like most of Delillo's novels is more for their parts rather than their whole (Libra being the exception - I love that book). The baseball game and the party at Truman Capote's in Underworld, the opening scene in The Body Artist, almost any single section of Point Omega, are all essentially exquisite stand alone stories. Here you get his power, his brevity, his focused finesse and, most of all, the unnamed haunting menace of our daily lives that Delillo teases out of the most ordinary of situations (running in the park, going to a movie, viewing an art exhibit).