Our Strangers

Lydia Davis author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:5th Oct '23


This title is due to be published on 5th October, and will be despatched as soon as possible.

Our Strangers cover

A new collection of short fiction from the critically acclaimed master of the form and winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Lydia Davis

'A trailblazer in the world of short-form prose' New Yorker

Lydia Davis is a virtuoso at detecting the seemingly casual, inconsequential surprises of daily life and pinning them for inspection. In Our Strangers, conversations are overheard and misheard, a special delivery letter is mistaken for a rare white butterfly, toddlers learning to speak identify a ping-pong ball as an egg and mumbled remarks betray a marriage. In the glow of Davis's keen noticing, strangers can become like family and family like strangers.

Our Strangers is a fascinating collection that confirms the genius of a writer whose every attention is transformative.

Praise for Lydia Davis: This is writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust . . . She's a joy -- ALI SMITH * * Guardian * *
A writer of vast intelligence and originality * * Independent on Sunday * *

Davis is brilliant . . . She captures words as a hunter might and uses punctuation like a trap
Davis is a high priestess of the startling, telling detail . . . a most original and daring mind

-- Colm Tóibín * * Daily Telegraph * *
The patron saint of befuddled reality . . . Inimitable * * New York Times * *
An author who takes nothing for granted . . . her stories ask existential questions, about us and the world * * Los Angeles Times * *
She is our Vermeer, patiently observing and chronicling daily life but from angles odd and askew * * New York Times * *
Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more -- JONATHAN FRANZEN
An American virtuoso of the short story form * * Salon * *
One of the quiet giants of American fiction * * Los Angeles Times Book Review * *
A trailblazer in the world of short-form prose -- JAMES WOOD * * New Yorker * *

ISBN: 9781805301899

Dimensions: 220mm x 144mm x 34mm

Weight: 479g

368 pages