Ninety-Nine Stories of God (Hardcover)

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Sorry, pals new and old, but one of America's great literary treasures, Joy Williams, has introduced a new measure for our friendship. Do you like Ninety-Nine Stories of God? Okay, I'm being a little dramatic there. But, rest assured, if you don't, I'm keeping an eye on you. In all seriousness, though, she has crafted something special -- one of those books that begin as a secret, turn into a surprise, and unfold into a classic.

Technically, I guess the ninety-nine stories are flash (or micro) fictions -- each only 1 or 2 pages. But the mysteries, contradictory readings, surface humor boring deep not only reward but outright demand multiple readings. Each time I wanted to move along to the next piece, inevitably my eyes would scan back to what I'd just read and it looked and sounded differently than before. The humor is often pitch dark, sometimes absurd, but never cynical or silly. These koan-like stories are of God, after all -- a point they take seriously enough to not spell out for the reader. They're after bigger fish than belief or disbelief. We'll be working out for a while exactly what they've netted, and this may be entirely the point.  — Brad J.

— From July 2016

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Seattle Times, Minnesota Star Tribune, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly. From "quite possibly America's best living writer of short stories" (NPR), Ninety-Nine Stories of God finds Joy Williams reeling between the sublime and the surreal, knocking down the barriers between the workaday and the divine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040355
ISBN-10: 1941040357
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 220
Language: English