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Ninety-Nine Stories of God

Category: Book
By (author): Williams, Joy
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Religious
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: July 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 220
Size: 8.00in x 5.30in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind's most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being.

This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It's the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass-a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams's characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for Him when He's standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he's in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.
Review Quote*[T]hese stories are 100% Williams: funny, unsettling, and mysterious, to be puzzled over and enjoyed across multiple readings. - STARRED Publishers Weekly

I would follow the trail of Joy Williams's words-always beautiful, compelling, and so wise-anywhere they led. - Chuck Palahniuk, author of CHOKE and FIGHT CLUB

Much like the divine, Williams' prose is simple and brutal, thoughtful and haunting. A spare but startling book.  - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

These modern fables and skewed vignettes make the implausible plausible. Compression, as done by Joy Williams, extends the reach of her stories. - Amy Hempel, author of AT THE GATES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Admirers of Williams-and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one-will find much to like here. - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

The most beguiling book of the summer is this little collection of 99 very short stories about God. The catch is that the brilliantly twisted Joy Williams is behind the stories, which means the Lord finds himself at a hotdog-eating contest or in line for a shingles vaccination. Mayhem, humor, and death mark this transcendent book. - Publishers Weekly, Best Books of Summer

Joy Williams's Ninety-Nine Stories of God reads like a blog-era bible as conceived by Borges, Barthelme, and Mark Twain. No writer alive captures the voices in the post-millennial psychic wilderness like Joy Williams. - Jerry Stahl, author of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT

The word count of this slender, extraordinary collection belies the density and combustibility of its contents, their midnight hilarity and edgeless reach. Joy Williams is our feral philosopher. - Karen Russell, author of VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE

These stories are as full of surprises as a Noah's Ark filled with mystical beasts, three of each.  - Edmund White, author of A BOY'S OWN STORY

Each story, like living tissue, is a reliquary that makes something splendid of our most secret agonies and desires. - Darcey Steinke, author of SISTER GOLDEN HAIR
Biographical NoteJoy Williams is the author of four novels, four previous story collections, and the book of essays Ill Nature. She's been nominated for the National Book Award, The Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent title is The Visiting Privilege: New & Collected Stories. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.