Attrib. and Other Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Williams, Eley
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Humorous / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Anchor
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in x 0.44in
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From The Publisher*"It's just the real inexplicable gorgeous brilliant thing this book. I love it in a way I usually reserve for people."
--Max Porter

A dazzling, prizewinning short story collection that showcases a bold new talent

Eley Williams has been a literary sensation ever since this collection of experimental short fiction was published in the UK. Lauded as "elegant" (The Guardian) and "exhilarating" (Vanity Fair), Attrib. and Other Stories won the James Tait Black Prize, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was named a best book of the year by The Guardian.

Attrib. presents a cast of unforgettable characters standing at the precipice of emotional events (a disastrous breakup, a successful date, an unexpected arrival) and finding it fiendishly impossible to express themselves. With intimate, irreverent, and playful prose, Eley Williams rejoices in both the possibilities and limitations of language, as well as the very human need to be known and understood--despite our own best efforts.

Original and inventive in the vein of Lydia Davis, Deborah Eisenberg, and Amy Hempel, these stories are "emotionally delicate and tenderly introspective" (New Statesman) and "an absolute must-read" (The London Magazine).
Review Quote*"Exhilarating."
-Vanity Fair

"Elegant...Vividly imagined."
-The Guardian

"She is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own: witty, melancholy, occasionally sensual, occasionally mordant, elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall. She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her."
-Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

"It's just the real inexplicable gorgeous brilliant thing this book. I love it in a way I usually reserve for people."
-Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

"A jewel box...A work of linguistic exuberance and lyrical meandering."

"Think William Gass, Lydia Davis or Anne Carson, and you won't be too wrong."
-London Review of Books

"An emotionally delicate and tenderly introspective collection."
-New Statesman

"An absolute must-read for anyone remotely interested in the contemporary short story."
-The London Magazine
Biographical NoteELEY WILLIAMS is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of The Liar's Dictionary, and her work has appeared in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, Liberating the Canon, The Times Literary Supplement, and London Review of Books. She lives in London.