American Innovations PDF á Ebook

American Innovations PDF á Ebook A wickedly smart and deeply emotional collection of imaginative storiesIn one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka s Galchen s American Innovations, a narrator s furniture walks out on her In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her In a third, the petty details around a property transaction detail the complicated pains and loves of a familyhe stories in this unusual collection also have secret lives in conversation with earlier stories As in the tradition of considering Wallace Stevens s Anecdote of the Jar as a response to John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn, Galchen s The Lost Order covertly recapitulates James Thurber s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while The Region of Unlikeness is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges s The Aleph The title story, American Innovations, reimagines Nikolai Gogol s The Nose Alternately realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these are all deeply emotional tales, written in exuberant, pitch perfect prose and shadowed by the darkly marvelous and the marvelously uneasy Whether exploring the tensions in a mother daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen takes great risks, proving that she is a writer like none other today

10 thoughts on “American Innovations

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    The likelihood that I will enjoy a writer who writes with a tangible for some obscure reason etched into every utterance is slim What are we to do with all those connections in our lives that, you know, bind us all together as a people Nothing Avoid them Write in short sentences like these Characterize them as all those things I so studiously knew nothing about, which one of Galchen s narrators actually state

  2. Krista Krista says:

    Before reading American Innovations I hadn t seen the cover blurb that states The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. I don t know if understanding that beforehand would have altered my reading experience I am, at any rate, unfamiliar with Borge s The Aleph and Gogol s The Nose so I can only evaluate what

  3. Jaclyn Jaclyn says:

    Galchen s stories are not satisfying in the way short stories are usually satisfying These stories are not tidy, they twist in the middle, heading in a different direction and then flutter out at the end But I found that I respected this way of story telling in that it feltlike real life This is a funny conclusion considering the numerous non realistic elements in the stories Yet the stories remained true I remained ente

  4. Tuck Tuck says:

    Galchen made all kinds of big splash with her first novel in 2008, Atmospheric Disturbances So readers have been waiting impatiently for a new book this is of short stories, and they are international, sciencey in the style of andrea barrett Servants of the Map Stories , some surrealness , so love, but mostly none Lots of dead fathers and ghosts Quality writing and stories, like Deborah levy Black Vodka Ten Stories, not ho hum

  5. Suad Shamma Suad Shamma says:

    DNF I really struggled to get through the first 4 stories in this book And then I gave up I closed the book, with a good, clear conscience, and put it away This is the first book in a long, long, LONG time that I did not finish It was disappointing, and I really struggled with the thought of putting it down without completing it first Especially given that it s a collection of short stories, and that it could always change up in the

  6. Victoria Weinstein Victoria Weinstein says:

    You know what I m tired of this whole style I don t know what to call it, even Talented female writers whose characters I can t stand, who seem to be made of nothing but self obsessive neurosis I ll just go back and re read Margaret Atwood s short stories or something I can t believe so many reviews of the title story failed to see how Atwood derivative it was.I m sure I ll read a fewstories before I return this to the library, but they d

  7. Jim Jim says:

    Many of my reviews here are off the cuff riffs that inform reviews that I write for other publications, namely The Floating Library, my books column for San Diego CityBeat Sometimes the review I post here is a cut and paste job from a published review This one is neither I ve written my review and turned it in and I m writing today to tell you that I m disappointed in it, and in myself I generally don t read other reviews of books I m reading u

  8. Lara Lara says:

    I think I m suffering from Gregory Maguire Syndrome with Rivka Galchen I m just not I just don t I can t seem to The stories and the writing are strange and gorgeous, like odd colourful exciting flowers that you see at the garden centre and then you get them home and try to plant them, but your soil is all clay and the plants can t take root and wither and die My brain is clay BUT I did connect to Wild Berry Blue omg, so true.

  9. Ksenia Anske Ksenia Anske says:

    This story collection is wonderfully witty and melancholy, ormelancholy than witty, filled with innuendoes that at times I couldn t understand, being originally not from America, but sensed on some other level On a universal level On a level of connection with words and images that stayed with me like bright flashes of every day strangeness Simple strangeness of existence Things we do to fill our lives, to think we know where we re going, when in fact we h

  10. Rivka Rivka says:

    I m glad I ve gotten to a place where I can support other Rivkas in their creative endeavors How sad it would have been if my exceedingly silly ego prevented me from reading this collection It was so good Chekhovian in some ways And reading it in public felt like this wonderful inside joke with myself Rivka Galchan, I wonder what your middle name is.

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