The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham
Seven Variations on a Love Story

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Occasionally Wickersham overindulges her characters’ desire to pick at small hurts — you may find yourself needing a break.
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A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year
The author of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index
returns with a virtuosic collection of stories, each a stirring parable
of the power of love and the impossibility of understanding it.
Spanning centuries and continents, from eighteenth-century Vienna to
contemporary America, Joan Wickersham shows, with uncanny exactitude,
how we never really know what's in someone else's heart--or in our own.

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Best Books of 2012, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews
and courageous and often brilliant...breaks new ground in our
perceptions of what a short story can be. Wonderfully imaginative and
original. - Boston Globe
ode to heartbreak and regret...Wickersham's gift is for capturing the
habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves...her
book makes you slow down and listen, and then watch for people to reveal
themselves. - New York Times Book Review
Elegantly structured, emotionally compelling...Short stories don't get much better than this. - Kirkus Reviews
not mistake Wickersham's exquisitely polished prose for good manners.
Although she writes with a vintage grace...she is brutal and funny
too...Divine. - San Francisco Chronicle
[takes an] emotional cannonball into every single one of her
characters. The doubts and tenderness they share are ones that only the
finest fiction can create. - Book of the Week
makes a triumphant return to fiction...articulates subtleties of human
behavior that ordinarily elude language altogether. - Elle
Munro's and Wickersham's books are at the top of this year's pile. - Chicago Tribune
So moving it will close your throat. - LA Times
The prose is beautiful, and you feel those characters like real people. - Cheryl Strayed
A master of the written word and storytelling in all its forms. - BookPage
Joan Wickersham has done it again: astonished, enchanted, and moved me. -  Julia Glass
Gorgeous, completely original...As soon as I finished it, I began to read it again. - Andre Gregory
As skilled as Alice Munro in maneuvering her characters, and the reader, through time...Highly recommended. - Library Journal

About Joan Wickersham

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Joan Wickersham was born in New York City. She is the author of two previous books, most recently The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her op-ed column appears regularly in The Boston Globe; she has published essays and reviews in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune; and she has contributed on-air essays to National Public Radio. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.
Published October 9, 2012 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Barbash on Feb 01 2013

Occasionally Wickersham overindulges her characters’ desire to pick at small hurts — you may find yourself needing a break.

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