Reads: Lydia Davis, Collected Stories

Reads: Lydia Davis, Collected Stories

If you’re looking for a good summer read then look no further. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis are minimally written short stories about the seemingly ordinary but which gather considerable emotional clout (in a nice way).

Davis has been writing since the 70’s and has now published six collections of short stories and one novel. She also speaks fluent French and has translated many notable French works by writers such as Gustave Flaubert who she is clearly influenced by.

In 2013 Davis won the Man Booker Prize for The Collected Stories. The stories in this collection are beautifully poetic in a way that is not overly soppy or flowery. Here at Glasshouse our two favorite stories are Break It Down and Liminal: The Little Man.

If you fancy a read then pop down to the Broadway Bookshop and pick one of these little pretties up for yourself!