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Eisenberg’s 5th collection of stories is further resounding proof that she is the ultimate master of the short story. She artfully and unexpectedly fuses the mundane and the visionary, despair and hope, the private (faces are "closed") and the social ("your duck is my duck"), the historical and the political, the emotional and the intellectual, the young and the aged, into stories that have the soul, heart, and force of the best of novels. Her characters are quirky, funny, wise, sensitive, anxious, self-aware, but also endearingly confused by life’s trivialities (“I began to unpack, but there was the issue of putting things wherever, so I decided I would leave all that until morning.”). Though the stories speak to and of our deeply troubled time, just knowing that there exists this incredible person who can work magic with words left me inspired and hopeful for the future. Here’s a bit of that magic: “In our small city, when darkness and cold go on and on and most things smell and taste like lint, I groan with longing.”— From Jeanne's Picks
A much-anticipated collection of brilliantly observant short stories from one of the great American masters of the form.
At times raucously hilarious, at times charming and delightful, at times as solemn and mysterious as a pond at midnight, Deborah Eisenberg’s stories gently compel us to confront the most disturbing truths about ourselves—from our intimate lives as lovers, parents, and children, to our equally troubling roles as citizens on a violent, terrifying planet.
Each of the six stories in Your Duck is My Duck, her first collection since 2006, has the heft and complexity of a novel. With her own inexorable but utterly unpredictable logic and her almost uncanny ability to conjure the strange states of mind and emotion that constitute our daily consciousness, Eisenberg pulls us as if by gossamer threads through her characters—a tormented woman whose face determines her destiny; a group of film actors shocked to read a book about their past; a privileged young man who unexpectedly falls into a love affair with a human rights worker caught up in an all-consuming quest that he doesn't understand.
In Eisenberg’s world, the forces of money, sex, and power cannot be escaped, and the force of history, whether confronted or denied, cannot be evaded. No one writes better about time, tragedy and grief, and the indifferent but beautiful universe around us.
Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006). Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg (1997). All four volumes were reprinted in 2010 in The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (2010). She is a professor of writing at Columbia University.