The State We're In: Maine Stories Epub í The State

The State We're In: Maine Stories Epub í The State


10 thoughts on “The State We're In: Maine Stories

  1. Nicholas Nicholas says:

    I should have listened to the mediocre review in the Times Especially when there are so rarely mediocre reviews in the Times, I should learn that mediocre is code for not very good at all But I m a sucker for anything about Maine and I figured these would at least be fun short stories They weren t I am struggling to articulate exactly WHY I objected to them, but it strikes me that they seemed very writerly Beattie is lauded for being a master of the form, but these short stories alterna I should have listened to the mediocre review in the Times Especially when there are so rarely mediocre reviews in the Times, I should learn that mediocre is code for not very good at all But I m a sucker for anything about Maine and I figured these would at least be fun short stories They weren t I am struggling to articulate exactly WHY I objected to them, but it strikes me that they seemed very writerly Beattie is lauded for being a master of the form, but these short stories alternated between being so banal as to not really be about anything at all and being totally preposterous in a way that seems to almost be a provocation Sometimes I think this is what writers admire in short stories that they have a special kind of high brow language all their own but this reader did not enjoy them Also they weren t really about Maine at all I m not sure what would make a short story about its location Maine or otherwise but Maine felt pretty incidental to these stories, despite the fact that most of them seemed to take place somewhere in the state


  2. Melki Melki says:

    I read a lot of Ann Beattie s stuff back in the eighties I honestly can t say I remember much about her work some vaguely dissatisfied characters who sat around, drank wine, discussed their problems and had sex Hmmwithout even meaning to, I just described what happens in this story It s nice to know that even decades later, some things never change.Read for free here if you re so inclined I read a lot of Ann Beattie s stuff back in the eighties I honestly can t say I remember much about her work some vaguely dissatisfied characters who sat around, drank wine, discussed their problems and had sex Hmmwithout even meaning to, I just described what happens in this story It s nice to know that even decades later, some things never change.Read for free here if you re so inclined


  3. Jim Jim says:

    I ve avoided reading Ann Beattie for the same reason I ve avoided the rest of the dirty realism crowd I emerged from my literary awakening as an undergraduate student to survey the contemporary scene and found much of what was being taught, especially in fiction writing workshops, boring and artless compared to the modernism and postmodernism of Joyce, Woolf, Pynchon, etc Obviously, I ve softened my stance somewhat though I still consider Carver a sham who set back American letters by at leas I ve avoided reading Ann Beattie for the same reason I ve avoided the rest of the dirty realism crowd I emerged from my literary awakening as an undergraduate student to survey the contemporary scene and found much of what was being taught, especially in fiction writing workshops, boring and artless compared to the modernism and postmodernism of Joyce, Woolf, Pynchon, etc Obviously, I ve softened my stance somewhat though I still consider Carver a sham who set back American letters by at least a decade which brings me to this unusual collection of linked short stories, The State We re In These 15 stories are heavy on dialogue, loaded with tangents, and depend on back story enlivened through conversation, which is either coarse and contentious or fussily proper Beattie s characters are an interesting mix of young and old but they all seem to suffer from various states of disconnectedness, the malaise of the modern age Stories hinge on gossipy neighbors, dissatisfied lovers, and bickering family members who are unable or unwilling to put aside their perceptions and really get to know each other This, apparently, is the state we re in, and Beattie s style and approach to storytelling is well suited to the role of holding up a mirror and showing us our selfie taking selves Many reviewers and critics have suggested that Beattie s fidelity to real talk and self indulgent digressions detract from the narrative rather than contribute to it, but I m not so quick to dismiss these detours as the nattering of old ladies or compulsive complaining of the very young The stories communicate with each other through shared characters and narrative echoes that work on a deeper level By linking these disconnected characters together in ways that aren t immediately fathomable, Beattie seems to be suggesting there might be hope for us after all


  4. Thomas Thomas says:

    Sorry for ending 2015 with some shady reviews, but I have no idea why I read Major Maybe I know Ann Beattie has a ton of talentthan I will ever have but aside from the underlying theme of nostalgia in this piece, I found it pretty purposeless People sit and reminisce and eat and have sex So what Perhaps the prose confused me or obscured this piece s real intent I wantedSorry for ending 2015 with some shady reviews, but I have no idea why I read Major Maybe I know Ann Beattie has a ton of talentthan I will ever have but aside from the underlying theme of nostalgia in this piece, I found it pretty purposeless People sit and reminisce and eat and have sex So what Perhaps the prose confused me or obscured this piece s real intent I wanted


  5. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Linked short stories taking place in Maine that are depressing, sometimes dark, and usually funny as we watch the characters make good and poor decisions about their lives with each story clearly written in a way not to have closure One of my favorite characters is a bratty teen named Jocelyn who we meet in the first story But we have to cut Jocelyn some slack once we learn that 1 her mother is in a hospital, 2 the guy she likes in a hospital, 3 she is spending the summer with an uncle she Linked short stories taking place in Maine that are depressing, sometimes dark, and usually funny as we watch the characters make good and poor decisions about their lives with each story clearly written in a way not to have closure One of my favorite characters is a bratty teen named Jocelyn who we meet in the first story But we have to cut Jocelyn some slack once we learn that 1 her mother is in a hospital, 2 the guy she likes in a hospital, 3 she is spending the summer with an uncle she sort of likes, 4 and an aunt she hates, 5 while going to summer school where her English teacher assigns TEN required papers in ONE month, 6 plus she is especially upset to learn that she is going to a summer school for troubled teens, 7 but it turns out her mom isn t in the hospital but with a new boyfriend, 8 which is why she farmed out Jocelyn to her aunt and uncle in the first In another story about widowhood one of my favorite lines is We were at those points in our lives when everything made sense in not making sense, you know In all of the fifteen stories the author seems to be saying that a good life is not about happy endings rather it is about coming across moments of happiness


  6. Josh Ang Josh Ang says:

    This is the latest collection from Beattie, the mistress of the short story form, after a gap of about ten years The 15 short stories are loosely interconnected, and bookended by two pieces on 17 year old Jocelyn, as she spends her summer with her uncle and aunt, while her mom, Myrtis, convalesces from her illness The importance of place, not so much geographically, but where we are emotionally and who we are in relation to, is alluded to in the title, The State We re In Unlike her previous This is the latest collection from Beattie, the mistress of the short story form, after a gap of about ten years The 15 short stories are loosely interconnected, and bookended by two pieces on 17 year old Jocelyn, as she spends her summer with her uncle and aunt, while her mom, Myrtis, convalesces from her illness The importance of place, not so much geographically, but where we are emotionally and who we are in relation to, is alluded to in the title, The State We re In Unlike her previous collections, the minimalist style Beattie is best known for is not always evident in these stories Not that this makes the collection any weaker, and in fact the stream of consciousness of her characters thoughts, as well as the narrators nervous chatter that never quite stay on topic, are emblematic of the inconstancy and flippancy of our times Major Maybe best exemplifies the way these stories seem to be about one thing, but then meander off to find another focus, much like how life is The story is where you cast your eye The above said story starts with an incident about a dog that the narrator and her roommate witnesses while rehearsing lines for the latter s acting class It then becomes a reflective piece about the undefinable relationship she has with him That innocuous incident proves to be a turning point, but still there is no easy resolution Years later, she revisits the apartment on Airbub, and the key to her lingering feelings about him and the time they spent together is in the last line as she reflects on the base of flowers in the photographs, as tacit as that remark seems Indelible, the yellow pollen on the floor.Beattie is still the indisputable queen of the averted glance that draws attention to where the real action is


  7. Roberto Roberto says:

    I dunno, maybe i should give this 4 stars I am definitely a fan of Beattie, i love how casual and flippant her writing is, like it s unconcerned with how mundane the subject often is, and that s why it sometimes takes a while to let go of however the last book you read did things because Beattie does things differently It s often the little asides and details that pull you in He was sort of a tyrant about personal cleanliness and watching one s weight and he even this was unbelievable wa I dunno, maybe i should give this 4 stars I am definitely a fan of Beattie, i love how casual and flippant her writing is, like it s unconcerned with how mundane the subject often is, and that s why it sometimes takes a while to let go of however the last book you read did things because Beattie does things differently It s often the little asides and details that pull you in He was sort of a tyrant about personal cleanliness and watching one s weight and he even this was unbelievable wanted her to put on a hairnet when she prepared food This, from someone who enjoyed the kind of sex he liked Sometimes i was frustrated by these stories which aren t really stories unless you count any part of an ordinary day a story But, when it works, or worked for me at least, there are stories like Road Movie and Yancey that are just so much fun, smart and breezy and still seem really sad in a very real way I love how Beattie always throws in lotsa cultural references Like everyone, she d brought The Goldfinch on vacation and how these stories are loosely connected, although i found it hard remembering the characters so missed most of that, my bad


  8. Mama K Mama K says:

    meh loved her old stuff, but that last two collections didn t really catch my attention Just TELL ME A STORY don t impress me with your command of language and your playing with style in fact, her novels are much better now than her newest story collections if you want a good collection of stories by Beattie, read collection of her New Yorker stories instead it showcases her earlier stuff and is a fantastic read.


  9. False False says:

    I started reading her at the beginning of her career She was slightly older She was considered a master of the short story, even at a young age I could never warm to her work Then I just stopped reading her altogether I probably checked this out because it said Maine Stories, and I thought, Let s see what she does with that I had to force myself to finish the book Her sentences are grammatically correct and impeccable She also excels at details in the details a disaffected teen pull I started reading her at the beginning of her career She was slightly older She was considered a master of the short story, even at a young age I could never warm to her work Then I just stopped reading her altogether I probably checked this out because it said Maine Stories, and I thought, Let s see what she does with that I had to force myself to finish the book Her sentences are grammatically correct and impeccable She also excels at details in the details a disaffected teen pulling at the toe of her tights, and releasing dust motes while tugging on already regretted bangs In the end, you just don t care about the people she is portraying It s almost like sociopathic fiction She puts her subjects under a microscope, she can charm, but in the end you don t feel a thing for these people of her imagination


  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    A highly enjoyable collection of female centered short stories, loosely tied together Great writing style, vivid characters, delightful anecdotes Felt like a drone dipping in on different Maine households, spying on their lives from above Fun to be among the first to read this, courtesy of the advance copy I won on a Goodreads giveaway.Background I had put this book on my to read list when the San Francisco Chronicle book review of this short story collection was extremely favorable a few mon A highly enjoyable collection of female centered short stories, loosely tied together Great writing style, vivid characters, delightful anecdotes Felt like a drone dipping in on different Maine households, spying on their lives from above Fun to be among the first to read this, courtesy of the advance copy I won on a Goodreads giveaway.Background I had put this book on my to read list when the San Francisco Chronicle book review of this short story collection was extremely favorable a few months ago since it was on my to read list, I received a notification from Goodreads that there were advance copies available through their giveaway, and was delighted to have won an advance uncorrected proof of this story collection this month


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The State We're In: Maine Stories ❮PDF❯ ⚣ The State We're In: Maine Stories ✈ Author Ann Beattie – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk From a multiple prize winning master of the short form a stunning collection of brand new, linked stories that perfectly capture the zeitgeist through the voices of vivid and engaging women from adole We're In: PDF/EPUB é From a multiple prize winning master of the short form a stunning collection of brand new, linked stories that perfectly capture the zeitgeist through the voices of vivid and engaging women from adolescence to old age We build worlds for ourselves wherever we go, writes Ann Beattie The State We re In, her magnificent new collection of linked The State MOBI :Ú stories, is about how we live in the places we have chosen or been chosen by It s about the stories we tell our families, our friends, and ourselves, the truths we may or may not see, how our affinities unite or repel us, and where we look for loveMany of these stories are set in Maine, but The State We're In: PDF/EPUB ì State We re In is about than geographical location, and certainly is not a picture postcard of the coastal state Some characters have arrived by accident, others are trying to get out The collection opens, closes, and is interlaced with stories that focus on Jocelyn, a wryly disaffected teenager living with her aunt and uncle while attending summer school As in life, the narratives of other characters interrupt Jocelyn s, sometimes challenging, sometimes embellishing her viewRiveting, witty, sly, idiosyncratic, and bold, these stories describe a state of mind, a manner of being now A Beattie story, says Margaret Atwood, is like a fresh bulletin from the front we snatch it up, eager to know what s happening out there on the edge of that shifting and dubious no man s land known as interpersonal relations The State We re In is a fearless exploration of contemporary life by a brilliant writer whose fiction startles as it illuminates.

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  • Hardcover
  • 206 pages
  • The State We're In: Maine Stories
  • Ann Beattie
  • English
  • 17 June 2018
  • 150110781X

About the Author: Ann Beattie

We're In: PDF/EPUB é Ann Beattie born September , is an American short story writer and novelist She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a PEN Bernard Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, JD Salinger, John Cheever, The State MOBI :Ú and John Updike She holds an undergraduate degree from American University and a masters degree from the University of Connecticut.