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The Bed Moved: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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A razor-sharp, devastatingly witty debut collection of stories on adolescence, sex, death, being Jewish-ish, and finding one’s way as a young woman in the world.

A New Yorker endures a romantic getaway with a cash-strapped pot grower to a “clothing optional resort” in California; a nerdy high-schooler has her first sexual experience at Geology Camp; an unemployed college grad returns to her childhood home after her father’s funeral and encounters a surprise in his browser history. With bone-dry humor and unexpected tenderness, Rebecca Schiff’s stories offer a singular view of growing up (or not) and finding love (or not) in today’s ever-uncertain landscape. The Bed Moved is a wry and irreverent take on the human connections—no matter how fleeting—that make us who we are.

About the Author

REBECCA SCHIFF graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Guernica, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…

Praise for Rebecca Schiff’s The Bed Moved

Kirkus Reviews, Best Fiction of 2016
The Huffington Post, 18 Best Fiction Books of 2016
Electric Literature, 25 Best Short Story Collections of 2016

“[A] stellar collection. . . . Schiff writes slim, ice-pick stories about sex and death and nighttime cab rides, sharpened by humor and extreme candor.” —The New York Times Book Review

“I’d like to watch the faces of people reading [The Bed Moved] as they shift between awe and admiration and shock. This writer is freaking good.” —Ben Marcus, The New Yorker

“Acerbic. . . . Darkly comic. . . . [Schiff] is funny and wise beyond her years.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Wry and ambitious. . . . [Schiff’s] sparse, poetic paragraphs are packed with forceful wit.” —The Atlantic
“Riveting. . . . Magic. . . . In [Schiff’s] work, you see the grace in human frailty.” —The Nation

“[Schiff’s] dark wit gives her stories genuine tensile strength. . . . She dips into her own braininess as if it were a bottomless trust fund.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Riveting. . . . Magic. . . . In [Schiff’s] work, you see the grace in human frailty.” —The Nation
“Schiff’s stories are simultaneously universal and totally original. . . . You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe from red-faced embarrassment. Schiff gets at the relentlessness of being a young woman dealing with (or, hell, even being ambivalent about) love, dating, and grief, all while finding deep, sometimes dark, laughter in it.” —Marie Claire
“A wildly assured debut short-story collection featuring tales of bat mitzvahs, high school ennui, nudist hot springs, and women much smarter than the men they’re sleeping with.” —O Magazine
“Reads like watching a mashup of Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp choreography. . . . Painfully funny. . . . A mournful vapour trails Schiff’s acrobatic wit.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101910856
ISBN-10: 1101910852
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries