Author(s): Stuart Dybek
'A poet of the short story, Stuart Dybek is a strange and exceptional talenta Impressive.' Phil Baker, Sunday Times An Observer Book of the YearNineteen tales of growing up, wising up and falling in loveSpanning more than three decades of prize-winning workBy a North American master of the short storyWhat are you waiting for?Welcome to the world of Stuart Dybek, where lovelorn adolescents rub shoulders with hard-boiled gangsters and scarf-clad babushkas jostle for attention among jaded academics. Where memory collides with imagination. And where seduction is the order of the day.With an impeccable ear for the language of the streets, Dybek has rightly been heralded as one of Chicago's foremost chroniclers. But The Start of Something reveals a writer who has simultaneously dedicated his career to a more ambitious project - exploring the art of the short story from every angle. By turn sexy and violent, funny and poignant, the stories in this definitive introduction to a lifetime's work let you discover what those in the know have long been saying- Stuart Dybek is a master of the form.
"One of the most soulful writers in America, and a national treasure" -- George Saunders "A poet of the short story, Stuart Dybek is a strange and exceptional talent... Impressive." -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times * "[Dybek's stories] are strikingly with-it, distinctly 21st century in their shape and method... Dybek has also always stirred understated, powerfully realized and ravishingly beautiful images almost casually into his work." -- Kate Clanchy * Guardian * "[The Start of Something is] worth leaping on." -- Hephzibah Anderson * Observer * "A great deal of the art of the short story is to do with exits and entrances... [Dybek] has a knack for getting both things right... Dybek is - and this he certainly has in common with Ishiguro - a writer doing completely his own thing." -- Sam Leith * Financial Times *
Described by the Atlantic as 'one of America's living masters of the short story', Stuart Dybek has been accoladed on all fronts, receiving fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, a PEN/Malamud Prize, a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and four O. Henry Prizes. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared widely in journals such as Harper's, Poetry, Tin House, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker.