Mendocino Fire: Book summary and reviews of Mendocino Fire by Elizabeth Tallent

Mendocino Fire

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by Elizabeth Tallent

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Mendocino Fire by Elizabeth Tallent
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2015
    272 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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The triumphant, long-awaited return of a writer of remarkable gifts: in this collection of richly imagined stories - her first new work in twenty years - the master of short fiction delivers a diverse suite of stories about men and women confronting their vulnerabilities in times of transition and challenge.

Beginning in the 1980s, Elizabeth Tallent's work, appeared in some of our most prestigious literary publications, including The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's. Marked by its quiet power and emotional nuance, her fiction garnered widespread praise.

Now, at long last, Tallent returns with a new collection of diverse, thematically linked, and deeply powerful stories that confirm her enduring gift for capturing relationships at their moment of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. Mendocino Fire explore moments of fracture and fragmentation; it limns the wilderness of our inner psyche and brilliantly evokes the electric tension of deep emotion. In these pages, Tallent explores expectations met and thwarted, and our never-ending quest to avoid being alone.

With this breathtaking collection, Elizabeth Tallent cements her rightful place in the literary pantheon beside her contemporaries Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, and Louise Erdrich. Visceral and surprising, profound yet elemental, Mendocino Fire is a welcome visit with a wise and familiar friend.

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"Tallent's collection offers a smart, thought-provoking study of desire and disappointment." - Publishers Weekly

"An ambitious and wide-ranging set of stories that creates empathy for most of its characters due to Tallent's generous imagination." - Kirkus

"Rich in description and awash in allegory, with its strong focus on characters and their emotional journeys, Tallent's newest collection will be a rewarding read for any short story lover." - Booklist

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Elizabeth Tallent is the author of the story collections Honey, In Constant Flight, and Time with Children, and the novel Museum Pieces. Since 1994 she has taught in the Creative Writing program at Stanford University. She lives on the Mendocino coast of California.

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