Granta 118 by John Freeman
Exit Strategies (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing)

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...its richly enjoyable short stories and poems are more focused on the weight of the past than the promise of the future.
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Be it a wrong turn, a bad relationship, a debilitating illness or a war, every action creates a reaction, every move is followed by another move. How do we get out of what we've gotten ourselves into? Granta 118 zooms in close on the phenomenon of the exit strategy.In a new story, Alice Munro writes of an elderly woman whose attempts to care for her husband are undermined by her own deteriorating thought processes; Claire Messud searches for her father's past in Beirut, Lebanon as he lays dying in a hospital in the US; and Aleksandar Hemon remembers the importance of smuggling his family's dog out of war-torn Sarajevo.Exit Strategies also features new writing by John Barth, Gish Jen, Ann Beattie, and newcomer Chinelo Okparanta - examining how we get ourselves out and the repercussions that follow. Hindsight is 20/20, but it's what we do moving forward that defines us and - in the best of all worlds - redeems us.
 

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John Freeman's criticism has appeared in more than 200 newspapers around the world, including the Guardian, the Independent, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, THE TYRANNY OF EMAIL, was published in October by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by Granta Magazine. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on Feb 28 2012

...its richly enjoyable short stories and poems are more focused on the weight of the past than the promise of the future.

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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Feb 04 2012

The best pieces show the delights of entanglement, the difficulties of extrication and the messy, marvellous condition of being human.

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