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by Joan Wickersham

  • ISBN: 030794929X
  • Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Joan Wickersham
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage (July 2, 2013)
  • Pages: 222
  • ePub book: 1984 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1380 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 201

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Ann Packer for Joan Wickersham’s The News from Spain.

Ann Packer for Joan Wickersham’s The News from Spain. Ann Packer is the author of two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, as well as two collections of short fiction, Mendocino and Other Stories and, most recently, Swim Back to Me. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Vogue, and Real Simple. She lives in northern California with her family. The News from Spain is a collection of stories about love-between wives and husbands, parents and children, caregivers and those in their care, friends, lovers-and the seemingly limitless ways it confounds, fails, confuses, surprises and enriches us.

Part of Vintage Contemporaries. About The News from Spain. A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year. Part of Vintage Contemporaries. Category: Literary Fiction Contemporary Romance. The brilliance of The News from Spain is that Joan Wickersham has ambitiously aimed for the scope and depth of a novel, but contained her writing within seven elegant ‘love’ stories, each titled ‘The News from Spain. This is some of the best writing I’ve encountered in years.

The News from Spain is brilliant. Best Books of 2012, San Francisco Chronicle "Captivatin. his wise and courageous and often brilliant collection of stories, written in clean, precise prose, is not only a pleasure to read, but also breaks new ground in our perceptions of what a short story can b. onderfully imaginative and original. BookPage "The brilliance of The News from Spain is that Joan Wickersham has ambitiously aimed for the scope and depth of a novel, but contained her writing within seven elegant ''love'' stories, each titled 'The News from Spain. This is some of the best writing I''ve encountered in years.

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Joan Wickersham’s brilliant The News From Spain shows, in all its twisty beauty, what a short story.

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The News from Spain (Vintage Contemporaries). It may be the same old story, but it’s freshly told by Wickersham. The News from Spain is a book for lovers of the short story or lovers of the story of love. Book by Wickersham, Joan.

And I loved my husband very much. We were in a long, happy marriage, had raised three children, still wanted each other (we would leave work and meet at home sometimes, at lunch). would begin to sound self-righteous. I fell in love with someone else. I was married; he was married.

Back to Our Shelves . Author Joan Wickersham Publisher Vintage Publication Date 2013-07-02 Section Fiction, New Titles - Paperback. Type New Format Paperback ISBN 9780307949295. With uncanny emotional exactitude, Joan Wickersham shows how we never really know what’s in someone else’s heart, or in our own; how we continually try to explain others and to console ourselves; and how love, like storytelling, is ultimately a work of the imagination.

A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year The author of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index returns with a virtuosic collection of stories, each a stirring parable of the power of love and the impossibility of understanding it. Spanning centuries and continents, from eighteenth-century Vienna to contemporary America, Joan Wickersham shows, with uncanny exactitude, how we never really know what's in someone else's heart--or in our own.Review :Best Books of 2012, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus "Wise and courageous and often brilliant… breaks new ground in our perceptions of what a short story can be. Wonderfully imaginative and original.” – Boston Globe“An ode to heartbreak and regret…Wickersham's gift is for capturing the habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves…her book makes you slow down and listen, and then watch for people to reveal themselves.” – New York Times Book Review“Elegantly structured, emotionally compelling…Short stories don’t get much better than this.” – Kirkus“Do not mistake Wickersham’s exquisitely polished prose for good manners. Although she writes with a vintage grace…she is brutal and funny too…Divine.” – San Francisco Chronicle“Virtuosic…Wickersham [takes an] emotional cannonball into every single one of her characters. The doubts and tenderness they share are ones that only the finest fiction can create.” – Oprah.com “Book of the Week”“Wickersham makes a triumphant return to fiction…articulates subtleties of human behavior that ordinarily elude language altogether.” – Elle“Munro's and Wickersham's books are at the top of this year's pile.” – Chicago Tribune“So moving it will close your throat.” – Los Angeles Times“The prose is beautiful, and you feel those characters like real people.” – Cheryl Strayed“Wickersham…is a master of the written word and storytelling in all its forms.” – BookPage“Joan Wickersham has done it again: astonished, enchanted, and moved me…Like Alice Munro at her best.” – Julia Glass“Gorgeous, completely original…As soon as I finished it, I began to read it again.” – Andre Gregory“Poignant and insightful…Wickersham is as skilled as Alice Munro in maneuvering her characters, and the reader, through time…Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

Comments

Qwne Qwne
I loved this book. Not only is it great to read by yourself, it is a wonderful book to read aloud. On a three hour automobile trip, the passage went very fast as I read this book to my husband and we both ate it up. It was a delight to both of us.

The stories all have two links. They are all entitled 'News From Spain' and consist of either very serious news occurring during the story or very funny news: think Saturday Night Live appearing in the story. They are also linked by love. Every story is a love story, either happy or sad, but a love story nonetheless.

My favorite story was the last one, about unnamed people. The man is either 'A' or 'a doctor' and the woman is either a 'well-known journalist' or 'the most famous woman in the world'. I could not help but think of Eleanor Roosevelt as the story went back and forth in time from contemporary events to the 1940's and 50's and the relationship 'the famous woman' had with her doctor and his wife.

There are stories of older women yearning for younger men, older women yearning for men their age, young women first finding the feelings of romance and lust, dependent love and independent love.

The first story is about a couple in their mid-forties and upper middle-class. The story is sensitively told of how they go through a rough period in their 26-year marriage. They go to an engagement party for people they've known more than half their lives. This party is an occasion for some poignant recollections. It is very well-crafted and there is not a word out of place.

In the second story, Rebecca and her mother, Harriet, have a very unusual relationship - at times very individuated and at other times quite enmeshed. Rebecca and Harriet are very different from one another. Rebecca owns a small bookstore and Harriet is in an assisted living home and enjoys listening to television shows about catastrophes around the world. The story juxtaposes their lives, together and separately, exploring their love for each other and the other loves in their lives.

The third story is about two teen-aged girls, the only girls in a boys' boarding school. One of them develops a close relationship with their female Spanish teacher who has them both over to her home on Saturdays. The Spanish teacher calls her favorite 'Marisol' though that is not her given name. Secrets come out about the Spanish teacher, Mrs. Sturm, which lead to disaster. Years later when married and in her forties, 'Marisol' goes to Spain and thinks about Mrs. Sturm.

In another story, Liza and Charlie, a young couple, travel to interview Alice about her marriage forty years ago to a race car driver who died in Spain from a disastrous car crash. Alice was elsewhere when she got the news of her husband's death.

The last story is about a two love affairs, one occurring in the present and the other in the past. Some of this story is supposedly true and some of it is false. The Spanish news comes from Saturday night live: "The news from Spain this week is that Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." No names of the lovers are ever given. The men are described as 'A' or 'the doctor' and the women are 'the journalist' or 'the famous woman'. One contemporary affair is unrequited. This story is reminiscent of Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1940's.

All the stories have the same title and all have similar themes, yet they are very different from one another. They are flawless and well-observed, almost a tromp l'oeil of words. There are no superfluous sentences and the stories read beautifully. Joan Wickersham is a wonder and I expect more work from her that will make me catch and hold my breath.
Miromice Miromice
Let me cut right to the chase. This is one of the most confidently-written, tender, and triumphant short story collections I have read since Alice Munro. And that is saying a whole lot.

Most short story collections are linked by a theme, character, or plot point, and so it is here. In each of these stories, a character receives "news from Spain" - real news or metaphorical news. In the first story, old friends receive their news on the beach: "...my father would hand me a shell and say, "Want to listen to the news from Spain?" In another later story, the widow of a charismatic race car driver learns that her young husband has died while she is in Madrid, waiting to join him. And so on.

Some of the characters in these stories are meticulously-crafted figments of the author's imagination. Others are based on real people: the real marriage of George Balanchine and his paralyzed ballerina wife, Tanaquil Le Clercq, for example, or a fact-combined-with fiction story of a triangle love affair consisting of Eleanor Roosevelt, Martha Gellhorn and David Gurewitsch. That story begins with this line: "Some of this is fiction, and some isn't."

There are breathtakingly good stories in this collection, each of which is entitled The News From Spain. Perhaps my favorite is the one focused on the race car driver's widow, who is being interviewed by a young journalist and his younger wife. Eventually, it is the person on the sidelines - Lisa, the young wife who is along for the ride - who will reveal the greatest secret. Another favorite is the paralyzed ballerina story; she is cared for by a tentative gay man who is pining for a member of her husband's company. The parallelism of the two stories - both Tanaquil and her caregiver, Malcolm, fear being deserted - is beautifully accomplished.

In another favorite, a middle-aged daughter balances relationships with her dying mother (who was "always the one who wanted to talk about the news from Spain, or from the Vatican, or from some uncertain city where everything had collapsed...") and a compelling new man in her life. In a few short sentences, Ms. Wickersham nails the relationship: "You're so sad," he keeps saying It starts as sympathy. A week or two later it's cool, a diagnosis. Then it becomes a criticism."

All seven of these narratives are, in the end, love stories. "A love story - your own or anyone else's - is interior, hidden. It can never be accurately reported, only imagined," Ms. Wickersham writes. "It is all dreams and inventions. It's guesswork." It will end well or it will end badly. It will be witnessed be significant others who will view it from different angles. It will cause searing heartache or exhilarating joy. And, it will echo through the seas of time, like the news in Spain that comes through a seashell.

With astonishing psychological insights and deep compassion for her characters, Ms. Wickersham has written a lovely book reflecting human complexity. I can't wait to see what this writer does next.
kinder kinder
This is a marvelous collection of seven short stories that mostly take place in recent or contemporary times, though there are a couple of stories that reach farther back into the past; one story focuses on Mozart and his librettist. I've taught this book to graduate writing students, bought copies for friends, read it a couple of times myself and I love it. Probably in the top three of the best books I've read in the past year or two. Each story includes the title phrase, "the news from Spain," somewhere in its narrative, but each time Wickersham incorporates these words innovatively and differently than before.
mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
I'm a reader not a re-reader, but I hope to be. That's really the reason I post these reviews, to remind myself of my opinion of certain books and authors so that when I become a re-reader, I'll have this list available to me.

This is an amazingly good book. I wish I read more short stories and this volume displays exactly why I should. Each story is a marvel of concision and comprehensiveness. I LOVE the last story and will re-read if, if not the whole volume. But everyone should read this book at least once.
Ger Ger
Characters are thinly sketched silhouettes who tell us how they and others feel in tepid, clinically sterile language suggesting that their emotional capacity is severely limited despite their occasional tame protestations to the contrary. This is an extremely cerebral, meticulously crafted verbal construct rather than an literary organism of flesh, blood, bone, and sinew, with and about the beating human heart.
Xellerlu Xellerlu
Brilliant. Funny, witty ,incisive, loving. Joan Wickersham is a treasure. She should be in the National Writter;s hall of fame, if there is such a thing, if not, build one.