"When it comes to love, there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. A love story can never be about full possession. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name . . . .
It is perhaps only in reading a love story (or in writing one) that we can simultaneously partake of the ecstasy and agony of being in love without paying a crippling emotional price. I offer this book, then, as a cure for lovesickness and an antidote to adultery. Read these love stories in the safety of your single bed. Let everybody else suffer."—Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead
All proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago. 826 Chicago is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
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Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to great acclaim in 1993 and was made into a film directed by Sofia Coppola. His second novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.Review:
'[A] brilliant collection of love stories!An absolute must--read.' Harper's Bazaar, Editor's picks of the month 'Better than a bunch of flowers, if not so sweet.' Metro 'Eugenides has written a marvellous little essay on the love story to introduce his choices! an outstanding collection' Joanna Trollope, The Times '[Eugenides's] artful arrangement of the stories adds to their pleasure. The collection is full of intriguing echoes that complement...one's responses' Sunday Telegraph 'There are plenty of stories here which any lover of good writing -- if not perhaps every lover -- will enjoy.' The Scotsman 'Probably the most scintillating company anyone could hope to take to bed with them on February 14' Image 'Better than a bunch of flowers, if not so sweet.' The Metro 'Fiction of the Week' 'A wonderful anthology of short stories.' Red '"Classy" and "love-themed" are not phrases often found together, but this collection of stories, edited by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is just that.' LondonPaper 'The mix chosen by Eugenides is wonderful!The plots are wildly different; the range in tone, form and style is immense. This brings unexpected delights! And it is a bigger thrill to realize that however painful the heartbreak, love offers real rewards -- and these stories are among them.' LA Times 'A must-read for lovers of great writing -- and of love.' Yorkshire Post 'Love, they say, makes the world go round. So it makes sense that each of the marvellous love stories in "My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead" succeeds in creating a world of its own - and then sets it spinning on its axis! this collection makes us remember how powerful and essential the best short stories are, and how -- very much like love -- they can make us feel as if some mischievous god has shot an arrow that has ever so sweetly and painfully pierced its target: the human heart.' Francine Prose, O Magazine 'Eugenides offers a perfect Valentine's Day gift for lovers of literary fiction. His witty introduction, which channels Roman love poet Catullus and woolgathers engagingly about the "perishable nature of love", is only the first among numerous pleasures that await the reader of this generously proportioned -- only a cad would call it "fat" -- gathering of 26 stories, written within the past 120 years.! One of the best anthologies of recent years, as well as commanding proof that its editor is as expert a reader and critic as he is a novelist.' Kirkus Praise for 'Middlesex': 'Expansive and radiantly generous!a colossal act of curiosity, of imagination and of love.' New York Times 'This year's most sumptuously enjoyable book!superb.' Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'The best American novel since "The Corrections"!exuberant, ambitious, deeply compassionate and wildly funny.' GQ 'This is a truly original and compelling novel, by turns sad, funny and moving.' Daily Mail Praise for 'The Virgin Suicides': 'Beautiful funny and touching!Eugenides is a skilful craftsman and a hypnotic storyteller.' Jay McInerney 'One of the finest novels in many years -- a "Catcher in the Rye" for our time.' Observer '"The Virgin Suicides" is wonderfully original. It could prove to be the start of an important writing career.' Independent
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