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"Ann Beattie at her most magnificent...Her first new collection in ten years...These tales explore the range of emotional states the author is famous for: longing, disaffection, ambivalence, love, regret. It's nice to hear her voice again" (People)."A peerless, contemplative page-turner" (Vanity Fair), The State We're In is about how we live in the places we have chosen—or been chosen by. It's about the stories we tell our families, our friends, and ourselves, the truths we may or may not see, how our affinities unite or repel us, and where we look for love. Many of these stories are set in Maine, but The State We're In is about more than geographical location. Some characters have arrived in Maine by accident, others are trying to escape. The collection is woven around Jocelyn, a wry, disaffected teenager living with her aunt and uncle while attending summer school. As in life, the narratives of other characters interrupt Jocelyn's, sometimes challenging, sometimes embellishing her view. "Ann Beattie slips into a short story as flawlessly as Audrey Hepburn wore a Givenchy gown: an iconic presentation, each line and fold falling into place but allowing room for surprise" (O, The Oprah Magazine). "Splendid...memorable...every page...fitted out with the blessed finery of hypnotic storytelling" (The Washington Post), these stories describe a state of mind, a manner of being. The State We're In explores, through women's voices, the unexpected moments and glancing epiphanies of daily life.
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"Ann Beattie slips into a short story as flawlessly as Audrey Hepburn wore a Givenchy gown: an iconic presentation, each line and fold falling into place but allowing room for surprise" (O, The Oprah Magazine). "Splendid...memorable...every page...fitted out with the blessed finery of hypnotic storytelling" (The Washington Post), these stories describe a state of mind, a manner of being. The State We're In explores, through women's voices, the unexpected moments and glancing epiphanies of daily life.
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      • content: A collection of short stories loosely related to the state of Maine, this audio presentation put the reviewer in mind of what Sarah Orne Jewett might write were she alive today. Cassandra Campbell's narration savors the slow exploration of character and place in each narrative, few of which contain any real plot. Wisely, she refrains from attempting any of the state's distinctive accents. But one would think a professional like Campbell would know better than to commit the dreaded pronunciation errors of "Banger" for Maine's city of Bangor and "Bow-dwin" for Bowdoin College. But these and other scattered hiccups aside, her performance suits Beattie's gentle exploration of "Vacationland." The listener will want to savor each tale. R.L.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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        Starred review from June 1, 2015
        Beattie's new collection of stories, her first original volume since Follies (2005) and following the spectacular retrospective gathering, The New Yorker Stories (2010), is graced by a slyly clever title. The state these 15 stories are anchored to is Maine, jutting up away from the rest of the country in rocky, woodsy splendor, which does nothing to keep out the human volatility found everywhere else ( No day failed to contain the unexpected ), while the states of mind her fumbling characters find themselves in range from depressed to enraged to resigned. Beattie is a master at depicting the peculiarly painful valor necessary for contending with troubled family members, spouses, lovers, neighbors, even pets. She is also that rarest of beings, a brilliantly comic literary writer. Some of her hilarity is circumstantial, such as when neighborhood kids break into an empty house and discover a cache of Elvis lamps. Most often, it's her skirmishing dialogue that makes us laugh out loud as she dramatizes everything from an auction of beat-up household goods to a tender encounter between a poet in her seventies and an IRS agent, revelations of gay relationships, and tales about anxious teenager Jocelyn, a budding writer. One narrator muses, The whole world's full of stories, but few can tell them as exquisitely, warmly, or drolly as Beattie. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Much fanfare will attend this stellar collection by Beattie, a writer revered and honored for her keen insights and wit.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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