We Others by Steven Millhauser
New and Selected Stories

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“Every reader knows of writers who are like secrets one wants to keep, and whose books one wants to tell the world about. Millhauser is mine.”
—David Rollow, Boston Sunday Globe

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author: the essential stories across three decades that showcase his indomitable imagination.
Steven Millhauser’s fiction has consistently, and to dazzling effect, dissolved the boundaries between reality and fantasy, waking life and dreams, the past and the future, darkness and light, love and lust. The stories gathered here unfurl in settings as disparate as nineteenth-century Vienna, a contemporary Connecticut town, the corridors of a monstrous museum, and Thomas Edison’s laboratory, and they are inhabited by a wide-ranging cast of characters, including a knife thrower and teenage boys, ghosts and a cartoon cat and mouse. But all of the stories are united in their unfailing power to surprise and enchant. From the earliest to the stunning, previously unpublished novella-length title story—in which a man who is dead, but not quite gone, reaches out to two lonely women—Millhauser in this magnificent collection carves out ever more deeply his wondrous place in the American literary canon.
 

About Steven Millhauser

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Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dressler, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and, most recently, Dangerous Laughter, a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The second new story is “The White Glove”: Emily and Will, teenage partners in a deep platonic but not yet romantic relationship, are confronted by an odd disease that ends with Emily covering her hand with a white glove.

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Written over the span of three decades, Steven Millhauser’s stories find the weird in the prosaic.

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The New York Times

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Written over the span of three decades, Steven Millhauser’s stories find the weird in the prosaic.

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Publishers Weekly

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Millhauser's latest (after Dangerous Laughter), seven new stories and 14 taken from four previous collections, is an excellent primer for casual fans of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, whose dreamy tales of Old World phantoms, All-American menace, and childhood mysteries reveal that some obs...

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The Wall Street Journal

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In the Victorian era, a character explains in Vanessa Diffenbaugh's novel "The Language of Flowers" (Ballantine, 308 pages, $25), "if a man gave a young lady a bouquet of flowers, she would race home and try to decode it like a secret message.

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Star Tribune

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Millhauser's strange world, where magic and reality co-exist, permeates these latest stories.

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The Washington Post

“The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad” neatly interweaves three story lines: a portrait of Sinbad in retirement in his garden, an account of his fabulous, hitherto untold eighth voyage, and a brief history of scholarship about “The Arabian Nights.” Sometimes, nearly all his signature motifs merge, as in t...

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The Columbus Dispatch

The “selected” section of the volume consists of three or four stories each from Millhauser’s four earlier collections — stories chosen, he says, not to be representative of his work, or to be “ cautious and dutiful,” but because they “seized my attention as if they had been written by someone w...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: In this new collection, which contains 7 new and 14 previously published stories, ordinary lives take a baffling and decidedly bizarre turn--often to frightening extremes.

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Chamber Four

It’s been a few years now since Millhauser’s excellent Dangerous Laughter came out, so I was definitely eager to get my hands on this book and read some new stories by one of my favorite authors.

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Time Out New York

"The White Glove" is a gorgeous account of the relationship between a bright, twitchy young man and a subdued girl he befriends, whose mysterious white glove hides a gripping secret.

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Time Out Chicago

As with any action in a Millhauser story, the slap comes with deep, layered import: “In one sense, it seemed to us, a slap is a form of withholding, of refusal: it presents itself as the deliberate absence of a more damaging blow.… But looked at another way, the slap doesn’t merely withhold, the ...

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Full Stop

The new stories in Steven Millhauser’s We Others: New and Selected Stories uphold Millhauser’s reputation as a literary fabulist concerned with the strange depths of the seemingly ordinary.

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