What Was Mine by Ann Beattie
& Other Stories

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A collection of short fiction, twelve works in all, including two never-before-published novellas. Here are disconnected marriages and uneasy reunions, nostalgic reminiscences and sudden epiphanies--a remarkable and moving collage of contemporary lives.

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About Ann Beattie

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Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
Published March 23, 2011 by Vintage. 252 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Years later, when both are dead, the boy, now a man, receives a legacy from Herb--some Billie Holiday sheet music, a drawing of a cocktail cherry on a placemat, love letters to Herb from his mother, and an envelope with two pictures of the boy's father--seemingly meager leavings that summon up th...

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In these 12 stories, whose protagonists represent a wide range of voices, ages and social classes, Beattie effectively conveys their epiphanies, though at times she carries subtlety to extremes.

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B+ Originally posted Apr 26, 1991 Published in issue #63 Apr 26, 1991 Order article reprints

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Los Angeles Times

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Beattie gives her a garish touch or two, writes a nourishing party scene, and portrays her grown son's efforts to help his mother face her problems--she, like several other of the protagonists in the stories, drinks too much.

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