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Ann Beattie

Author of The New Yorker stories

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About the Author

Ann Beattie was born in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1947. She received a B.A. from American University in 1969 and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1970. She began her writing career when she was just twenty-five, with the short story A Platonic Relationship, published in The New show more Yorker. Regular contributions to the magazine resulted in her first collection of short stories, Distortions, published in 1976. Her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, was also published that year. Later works include Park City, Another You, Where You'll Find Me, and Walks with Men. Her work was honored with a Guggenheim fellowship in 1978, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980, and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2005. She has taught at Harvard College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Virginia. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Ann Beattie

The New Yorker stories (2010) 355 copies
Chilly Scenes of Winter (1976) 354 copies
Picturing Will (1989) 323 copies
Love Always (1986) 297 copies
Where You'll Find Me (1992) 271 copies
Falling in Place (1981) 215 copies
Walks with Men (2010) 194 copies
The Burning House (1982) 172 copies
Secrets and Surprises (1978) 135 copies
Another You (1995) 134 copies
What Was Mine (1986) 131 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Editor — 129 copies
Distortions (1976) 125 copies
Perfect Recall: New Stories (2001) 124 copies
The Doctor's House (2002) 112 copies
Follies: New Stories (2005) 94 copies
Spectacles (Goblin Tales) (1985) 34 copies
Onlookers: Stories (2023) 33 copies
Alex Katz (1812) 31 copies
Head Over Heels [1979 film] (1979) — Screenwriter — 6 copies
Head Over Heels (1978) 5 copies
El lugar adecuado (1982) 1 copy
La casa en llamas (2022) 1 copy
No title 1 copy
Onlookers (2023) 1 copy
Gelide scene d'inverno (2017) 1 copy
Janus 1 copy
Weekend 1 copy
Solid Wood 1 copy
For the best 1 copy
Honey 1 copy
Vermont (2015) 1 copy
No title 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 1,565 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,136 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 831 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 549 copies
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Contributor — 492 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 483 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 464 copies
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Contributor — 444 copies
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 369 copies
Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 356 copies
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 323 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 273 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Contributor — 214 copies
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 195 copies
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contributor — 186 copies
Granta 94: On The Road Again (2006) — Contributor — 135 copies
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contributor — 126 copies
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (1988) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 97 copies
Granta 118: Exit Strategies (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contributor — 75 copies
Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures (1994) — Contributor — 61 copies
Granta 133: What Have We Done (2015) — Contributor — 58 copies
Granta 152: Still Life (2020) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981) — Contributor — 34 copies
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
As I See It (2005) — Introduction — 22 copies
Vital Signs: Essential AIDS Fiction (2007) — Contributor — 19 copies
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contributor — 18 copies
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Afterword — 13 copies
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributor — 13 copies
Amerika, Amerika bloemlezing — Contributor — 8 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Read several of the short stories; neither knew nor cared what she was on about. Didn't bother trying the novella.
 
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Abcdarian | 2 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
I have bee reading Ann Beattie for almost 50 years and she does both novels and short stories. She is masterful with her use of language but sometimes her plots and stories don't alway work. These stories have a a common thread of moving from one topic to another in a way that is entertaining but somewhat hard to follow as it relates to the actual stories. However, this book is a good introduction to an author that does a. great job with relationships and has written some excellent books over the years.… (more)
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nivramkoorb | Jan 3, 2024 |
Don't read this collection of dull stories expecting any insight into Maine or its residents; it was clearly written by someone "from away" and many of the stories bear no relation to the state at all except a throw-away line or reference. I assume they were added later when the author was searching for some way to tie together these meandering fragments.
 
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myshkin77 | 4 other reviews | Aug 10, 2023 |
I am not a big fan of short stories, but when I saw this collection by Ann Beattie, I couldn’t pass it up. Onlookers is a compilation of linked stories that take place in Charlottesville, Virginia during the time of Covid and political distress when “any intelligent person has been driven half mad.” Readers may remember the white nationalist demonstration turned violent that occurred there in 2017. References to Charlottesville’s controversial statues and residents’ views permeate (but do not dominate) the stories. Rather, these are tales of a time, a place, a community, and some of the characters who inhabit it.

I loved Beattie’s wickedly clever and astute observations of life. There were many gems, but one of my favorite was that misinformation on social media has become the modern Paul Revere. It was a pleasure to read such literate pieces.

As you read the stories, try to remember the characters from each story, as relationships to them may appear in later tales.

Thanks to #netgalley and #scribner for the ARC.
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