Honored Guest by Joy Williams

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With her singular brand of gorgeous dark humor, Joy Williams explores the various ways–comic, tragic, and unnerving—we seek to accommodate diminishment and loss. A masseuse breaks her rich client's wrist bone, a friend visits at the hospital long after she is welcome, and a woman surrenders her husband to a creepily adoring student. From one of our most acclaimed writers, Honored Guest is a rich examination of our capacity for transformation and salvation.

About Joy Williams

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Joy Williams lives in Arizona and Key West.
Published September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A mother whose son killed himself—he thought he had spikes in his head—gains a bit of sympathy when she repudiates the boy’s druggy and self-involved friends (“Marabou”), but no character has much affect in another death story (“Substance”), where a suicide leaves mundane belongings to various fr...

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O Joy Williams, the world is such a cool, obdurate and sometimes grotesque place that her credo might be an upended version of the famous Forster line: ''Only disconnect.'' In her third collection of stories, ''Honored Guest,'' characters float through life as if in a post-traumatic daze, talking...

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Williams's grasp of the slippery line between life and death is strong: she jars the reader with news of a debilitating accident or a fatality without a breath of forewarning.

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