Prayer and Parable by Paul Maliszewski
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"You want me to tell you what sets Maliszewski apart? The answer is probity. The answer also is decency. Here's another answer: modesty, tact, exactitude, pertinence, reverence, wit. All told, Maliszewski has all the graces, which is why I, in my old age, am renewed and schooled by him. Oh, and another thing: Paul Maliszewski takes no crap."—Gordon Lish

At a campground, a divorced father confronts a man he believes hurt his daughter. A devoted student traces a winding path through the snow, searching for the next most beautiful thing. Two brothers watch their father tinker lovingly with his homemade robots. In Paul Maliszewski’s debut story collection, men and women struggle to do right. They argue. They think. They think again. They have odd dreams. Often they fail at being good, and yet, on occasion, they realize moments of true kindness. In language that is at once simple and supple, plain-spoken and arresting, these twenty-eight stories describe complete lives in sharp detail, lives we may recognize as not unlike our own.

Paul Maliszewski has published essays in Harper's, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, and BOMB and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Fakers, a collection of essays, was published by The New Press in 2009. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.


 

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Paul Maliszewski has published essays in Harper’s, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, and Bomb and have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Fakers, his first collection of essays, was published by The New Press in 2009. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by Fence Books. 229 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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A collection of 28 odd, captivating stories, Maliszewski's skillful latest (after essay collection Fakers) highlights his ability for creating arresting tales out of ordinary situations.

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New York Journal of Books

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An enigmatic book with a puzzling title, Prayer and Parable explores the lives and thoughts of ordinary people with the assumption that we might learn something from their interactions and the spiritual implications of those interactions.

Apr 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Prayer and Parable: Stories

The Nervous Breakdown

Whether one page or twenty, Paul Maliszewski’s stories ask for a lot of patience from the reader.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Prayer and Parable: Stories

The Paris Review

It’s like I’m working on a pipeline and making a repair at one point, and whatever fix I make feels right, but it twists things around so that they get gummed up later.

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Prayer and Parable: Stories

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