» » Family Dancing: Stories
eBook Family Dancing: Stories ePub

eBook Family Dancing: Stories ePub

by David Leavitt

  • ISBN: 0395877326
  • Category: Literature and Fiction
  • Subcategory: Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian
  • Author: David Leavitt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st Edition edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Pages: 205
  • ePub book: 1277 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1463 kb
  • Other: rtf mobi mbr docx
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 350


Tender, unsettling, and amusing, these stories present families all.

David Leavitt's second collection of stories further confirms a talent deep and wonderfully creative in its empathy. A Place I've Never Been explores family relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships, among characters whose sexuality is fluid or uncertain - a barrier or under threat. A real estate agent happily married to a woman finds himself in love with another man in "Houses.

David Leavitt (/ˈlɛvɪt/; born June 23, 1961) is an American novelist, short story writer, and biographer. Leavitt was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Harold and Gloria Leavitt. Harold was a professor who taught at Stanford University and Gloria was a political activist. Leavitt graduated Yale University with a . in English in 1983. After the success of Family Dancing, David spent much of the 1990s living in Italy working and restoring an old house in Tuscany with his partner.

Family dancing : stories. by. Leavitt, David, 1961-. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. B on September 14, 2010.

The party is also a celebration of Suzanne’s own graduation into life -her thirty pounds thinner body, her new house, and her new marriage to Bruce Kaplan, who works in real estate. ne has been planning for the party to take place outdoors, since Seth’s graduation coincides with the brief, fragile season of wisteria, and the pool looks gorgeous in sunlight. Unfortunately, it’s been raining every day for a week now, and Suzanne’s spent a lot of time by her kitchen window, reminding herself that she should still be counting her blessings.

Thirty years ago, David Leavitt first appeared on the literary scene with a gutsy story collection that stunned readers .

In the title story, a family extended through divorce and remarriage dances together at the end of a summer party-in the recognition that they are still bound by the very forces that split them apart. Tender and funny, these stories reveal the intricacies and subtleties of the dances in which we all engage. Fiction Short Stories. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. How do I upload a book?

Family Dancing: Stories. Family Dancing - David Leavitt.

Family Dancing: Stories. that a writer twice his age might envy (USA Today).

ICON Health & Fitness.

David Leavitt's first collection of stories, Family Dancing, was published when he was just twenty-three and was a. .Imagine mothers @ a PFLAG-type meeting discussing their sons' being bottoms! David Leavitt has the talents of a CAT Scanner and I love his images

David Leavitt's first collection of stories, Family Dancing, was published when he was just twenty-three and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. Imagine mothers @ a PFLAG-type meeting discussing their sons' being bottoms! David Leavitt has the talents of a CAT Scanner and I love his images. As usual, lots of unexpected couplings, reversals and abundant olfactory information.

ISBN 10: 0395877326 ISBN 13: 9780395877326. Publisher: Mariner Books, 1997. Tender, unsettling, and amusing, these stories present families all unhappy in their own different ways. A mother who presides over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter has trouble accepting her son's lover.

Tender, unsettling, and amusing, these stories present families all unhappy in their own different ways. A mother who presides over her local Parents of Lesbians and Gays chapter has trouble accepting her son's lover. A recently separated couple's compulsion to maintain a twenty-six-year tradition seems to magnify futility. The New York Times called this collection "astonishing - funny, eloquent, and wise."


Jube Jube
Beautiful stories that are like snapshots from dysfunctional family (or "family") gatherings: observational, true, funny and devastating.
Hellblade Hellblade
What could be better than a novel about a team with more neuroses than your most troubled friend? Any baseball fan has probably felt that his favorite team or player(s) is experiencing the same things that are plaguing these guys. I read this about 20 years ago. Even though it is out of print, I thought it was worth the search and it has proven to be.
Malara Malara
This is an oldie but goodie. It will take you right back to the 80's which is when I must have first discovered David Leavitt.
Ger Ger
I was around 24 when I first read this amazing collection of stories and I was totally bowled over by it. On the surface was an identification--with both the young gay men who populated several of the stories, as well as with Leavitt himself, who was around the same age I was--but, I was also in love with his prose and empathy with all sorts of characters: straight and gay, young and old.

The first story, "Territory," (about a young man bringing his first boyfriend home to meet his mom) was the first "gay" short story published in The New Yorker magazine (when Leavitt himself was only 21) and I remember reading it over and over again, amazed at the seemingly simple story which covered so much emotional terrain.

It was the last story in the book, "Dedicated," which was the one that probably had the most affect on me though--as it was so much a story I wish I'd written. Telling the tale of 3 friends (Nathan, Celia and Andrew...characters Leavitt would visit twice more in the future, and, hopefully, will again some day) over the course of a weekend in the Hamptons. It's a story about love, friendship, jealousy, sex, desire, parents and children.

Leavitt went on to write other short stories and novels and non-fiction on numerous topics--and, probably, he's technically a better writer now than when he wrote these stories. And though I've enjoyed many of them, I'll likely always love this book (and his next one--the novel "The Lost Language of Cranes") more than anything else he'll ever write.
Cheber Cheber
Novelist and Linguist David Carkeet's take on the great American pastime is really a take on the great American dream, in all its comic absurdity. Without giving away any spoilers, the denoument is inverted from that of the usual sports story. The fact that it's an ensemble cast seems to have been off-putting to some readers, but the basic theme is that of any "team" - and by inference, a microcosm of how we assemble ourselves as a whole in society as collections of individuals. We are more than the sum of our parts (or neuroses), but at the same time nothing without hanging on to our individual identities and idiosyncracies.

This is an often hilarious book, but it's by no means a happy one. The observations about baseball, and of baseball, are incisive, but at the same time you don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy the novel. It's one of the subtle characteristics of this book, as with any (well-done) book about a subculture, in that if you know the subculture, you'll recognize a nuanced description of it, but if you don't, you'll feel immersed in a new world.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend reading this in the dark of winter after your team has choked out yet another futile season, but as a book of deep comic depression, it makes for good summer reading when you have a live ballgame to fall back on when you're all done.

A minor classic in 9 chapters.
Jieylau Jieylau
'Family Dancing' is a collection of short stories written by David Leavitt when he was in his early twenties. It is remarkable thata young man can write with such sensitivity. The prose is very fluid, and the characterizations are quite realistic. Quite remarkable considering these are *short* stories, not novels. However these stories are somewhat uneven in their overall quality, and I think I know why.
David Leavitt is best known for writing gay fiction. In 'Family Dancing' about a third of the stories are gay-themed. But I find the gay characters in these stories, and even in his fine novel 'The Lost Language of Cranes', to be very two-dimensional. However Leavitt's observations of parents coping with dysfunctional lives, marriages, and children to be most affecting. In 'Family Dancing' there are a couple of simply wonderful, extremely moving stories about people living with cancer. These stories alone are worth the price of this book.
Bottom line: a mixed bag containing treasures. Recommended.
Shazel Shazel
I had never heard of David Leavitt when, years ago, I picked up this book in a hurry at an airport bookstore because I liked the title. I have loved his short stories ever since, and have returned to this book more than once. Families of different types and with different issues are the focus of the stories. Several of his stories discuss gay men and their interactions with families, children struggling to make sense of problems and how cancer affects those around the person who has the disease. They are moving, absorbing and Leavitt seems to make an effort to provide every character with a chance to demonstrate what they are experiencing and what place they fill in the family.
I was disappointed a few years ago when Leavitt was accused of plagiarizing Stephen Spender in his novel, 'While England Sleeps,' but I haven't lost faith. His short stories are the best of his writing, in my opinion.