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The Dog: Livings, Jack

The Dog

Livings, Jack

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ISBN 10: 0374178534 / ISBN 13: 9780374178536
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York, 2014
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This beautiful copy has been SIGNED and dated 6/7/15 by Jack Livings on the title page! Winner of the 2015 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize. This prize honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work - a novel or collection of short stories - represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise. The winner receives a cash award of $25,000, with a stipend intended to permit a significant degree of leisure in which to pursue a second work of literary fiction. The stories in this collection take place in contemporary China, but they are the opposite of exotic. The author taught English in China and studied there as an undergraduate. Bookseller Inventory # 7613

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Title: The Dog

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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"Jack Livings's stories of China are marvels of the imagination." ―Paul Harding, author of Tinkers

Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, Jack Livings's The Dog explodes the country's cultural and social fault lines, revealing a nation accustomed to rations, bitter struggle, and the stranglehold of communism as it confronts a generation rife with the promise of unforeseen prosperity.
In this riveting, richly imagined collection, a wealthy factory owner―once a rural peasant―refuses to help the victims of an earthquake until his daughter starts a relief effort of her own; a marginalized but powerful Uyghur gangster clashes with his homosexual grandson; and a dogged journalist is forced to resign as young writers in "pink Izod golf shirts and knockoff Italian loafers" write his stories out from under him. With spare, penetrating prose, Livings gives shape to the anonymous faces in the crowd and illuminates the tensions, ironies, and possibilities of life in modern China. As heartbreaking as it is hopeful, The Dog marks the debut of a startling and wildly imaginative new voice in fiction.

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Jack Livings's stories have appeared in A Public Space, The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, Tin House, The New Delta Review, and The Best American Short Stories, and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Livings received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He lives in New York.

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