Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories (Paperback)

Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories By Nancy Hale, Lauren Groff (Editor) Cover Image

Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories (Paperback)


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Rediscover the masterful stories of a midcentury artist whose multifaceted portraits of women were generations ahead of her time

“A stunning, crystalline collection.” —Vogue

Nancy Hale was considered one of the preeminent short story artists of her era, a prolific writer whose long association with The New Yorker rivaled that of her contemporary John Cheever. But few readers today will recognize her name. Acclaimed author Lauren Groff has selected twenty-five of Hale's best stories, presented here in the first career-spanning edition of this astonishingly gifted writer's work.
These stories seem ahead of their time in their depiction of women--complicated characters, sometimes fragile, possibly wicked, often remarkable in their apparent ordinariness, from an adolescent girl in Connecticut driven into delirium over her burgeoning sexuality in "Midsummer," to a twenty-something New Yorker experiencing culture shock during a visit to a friend's house in Virginia in "That Woman," to a New England widow in search of alcohol while babysitting her grandson in "Flotsam." Other stories touch on memories of childhood, the intense trauma of electroshock therapy, and the spectre of white supremacy. Haunting, vivid, and subversive in the best sense, Where the Light Falls is nothing less than a major literary rediscovery.
Nancy Hale (1908-1988) was born in Boston to a distinguished New England family whose forbearers include Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale and Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was the author of eight novels, including the bestselling The Prodigal Women, four short story collections, two memoirs, two plays, children's stories, and a biography on Mary Cassatt. The winner of ten O. Henry Awards, Hale published over two hundred stories and essays, eighty of which appeared in The New Yorker, making her one of the most important contributors in the history of the magazine.
Lauren Groff is the New York Times-bestselling author of four novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Matrix, and two short story collections, Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781598537482
ISBN-10: 1598537482
Publisher: Library of America
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English