Beginning in the 1980s, Elizabeth Tallent's work, appeared in some of our most prestigious literary publications, including The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's. Marked by its quiet power and emotional nuance, her fiction garnered widespread praise.
Now, at long last, Tallent returns with a new collection of diverse, thematically linked, and deeply powerful stories that confirm her enduring gift for capturing relationships at their moment of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. Mendocino Fire explores moments of fracture and fragmentation; it limns the wilderness of our inner psyche and brilliantly evokes the electric tension of deep emotion. In this audiobook, Tallent explores expectations met and thwarted, and our never-ending quest to avoid being alone.
With this breathtaking collection, Elizabeth Tallent cements her rightful place in the literary pantheon beside her contemporaries Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, and Louise Erdrich. Visceral and surprising, profound yet elemental, Mendocino Fire is a welcome visit with a wise and familiar friend.
Produced by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All Rights Reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the publications where the following stories appeared: “The Wrong Son” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Summer 2009. “Tabriz” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Summer 2007, and in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (2008). “Mystery Caller” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Fall 2001. “Eros 101” appeared in Tin House, Summer 2004, and in Best of Tin House: Stories (2006). A different version of “Nobody You Know” appeared in Boulevard, 2001, as “Woman Weighing Pearls.” “The Wilderness” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Spring 2012, and in The Best American Short Stories 2013. “Never Come Back” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Spring 2010, and in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011. “Mendocino Fire” appeared in ZYZZYVA, July 2014. “Narrator” appeared in The Threepenny Review, Winter 2015.
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