9780307949295

The News from Spain (Vintage Contemporaries)

Joan Wickersham

ISBN 10: 030794929X / 0-307-94929-X
ISBN 13: 9780307949295
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
Binding: Softcover
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A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year The author of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index returns with a virtuosic collection of stories, each a stirring parable of the power of love and the impossibility of understanding it. Spanning centuries and continents, from eighteenth-century Vienna to contemporary America, Joan Wickersham shows, with uncanny exactitude, how we never really know what’s in someone else’s heart—or in our own.


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Ann Packer for Joan Wickersham’s The News from Spain Ann Packer is the author of two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, as well as two collections of short fiction, Mendocino and Other Stories and, most recently, Swim Back to Me. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Vogue, and Real Simple. She lives in northern California with her family. On the cover of this glorious book, in type smaller than the evocative and alluring title, are the words “7 Variations on a Love Story,” letting you know even before you start reading that you are holding a work of fiction that defies easy categorization. The News from Spain is a collection of stories about love—between wives and husbands, parents and children, caregivers and those in their care, friends, lovers—and the seemingly limitless ways it confounds, fails, confuses, surprises and enriches us. Wickersham’s prose is crystalline and elegant, and her insights into the hearts and minds of her characters confirm her place as one of our very best observers of human behavior. But what’s new and marvelous about this book is the way the stories work together to form a gorgeous whole, much like the separate movements of a symphony build to something even greater than the sum of its beautiful parts. Each story here is called “The News from Spain” and each contains some news from Spain—literal news in the case of a woman left behind while her husband travels, metaphorical in the case of a man and a woman late at night on a beach listening to a seashell. In addition to that phrase, Wickersham uses many of the same motifs from one story to the next, so that as you make your way through the book you discover again and again a couple in the midst of a betrayal, say, or an invalid in a pas de deux with a caregiver. An action as simple as taking a bath, a detail like rice pudding…these take on a luminous significance as you encounter them in a variety of contexts, like an object with many facets turned this way and that and with each turn refracting light in a slightly different way. As soon as you finish the book you want to read it again, partly to study its exquisite patterns and partly to repeat the pleasure of reading such assured and graceful prose. Ever since Wickersham’s novel The Paper Anniversary I had waited for her next work of fiction. The News from Spain is the enthralling follow-up to that earlier work, and now I’m waiting again for whatever she writes next.

 
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