Escapes: Stories

Escapes: Stories

Joy Williams / Mar 28, 2020

Escapes Stories These prize winning stories confirm what readers of State Of Grace and Taking Care already suspected that Joy Williams is a writer of unparalleled empathy and emotional candor who can render the hope

  • Title: Escapes: Stories
  • Author: Joy Williams
  • ISBN: 9780871133328
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • These prize winning stories confirm what readers of State Of Grace and Taking Care already suspected that Joy Williams is a writer of unparalleled empathy and emotional candor, who can render the hopeless and uncomprehending love between a little girl and her alcoholic mother, the panicky restlessness of a couple trying to outrun the exhaustion of their marriage, orThese prize winning stories confirm what readers of State Of Grace and Taking Care already suspected that Joy Williams is a writer of unparalleled empathy and emotional candor, who can render the hopeless and uncomprehending love between a little girl and her alcoholic mother, the panicky restlessness of a couple trying to outrun the exhaustion of their marriage, or the quiet unease of a man watching a vintage car disintegrate in his living room with a sureness of pitch that it at once heartbreaking and elating.

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    About "Joy Williams"

      • Joy Williams

        Williams is the author of four novels Her first, State of Grace 1973 , was nominated for a National Book Award for Fiction Her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead 2000 , was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Her first collection of short stories was Taking Care, published in 1982 A second collection, Escapes, followed in 1990 A 2001 essay collection, Ill Nature Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism Honored Guest, a collection of short stories, was published in 2004 A 30th anniversary reprint of The Changeling was issued in 2008 with an introduction by the American novelist Rick Moody.Her stories and essays are frequently anthologized, and she has received many awards and honors, including the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rea Award for the Short Story.


    166 Comments

    1. There are twelve stories in Joy Williams's short story collection Escapes. My sincerest apologies from the bottom of the swampy cesspool that is my heart because I'm only going to write about a few of them. I might go back and add more later because writing not good enough Joy Williams reviews on is just something that I like to do. Okay! (Okay, some of you might be thinking "Just write something about all the stories in some neat paragraph thingy. No one wants to read that much about stories t [...]


    2. So. One of my most beloved reviewers on this lovely site goes by the name of Mariel. Every single one of the pieces she writes and posts on GR is a thing of great beauty. If you have not discovered her yet, go click on the name in the "recommended by" tag on this review and read some of her work. If they don't make you immediately start adding things to your TBR list then there is something wrong with youAnyway. She has long championed Joy Williams and, because of her reviews, I got hold of Taki [...]


    3. Joy Williams is always doing two or three or four (amazing)things at once. She's simultaniously enchanting, delightful, disturbing, strange and twisted, but this somehow always leads to a pleasurable experience and she is never a dull read. This is one of her darker, sadder collections in many ways, and that suits me just fine. I think I have a bit of a crush on this wacky woman.


    4. I don't think Joy Williams is quite for me, although I thought this book of stories was quite good. The stories I didn't like weren't bad or badly written, but they were perhaps about people whose stories I didn't care much about reading (the story White is a good example of this). This is not the fault of Joy Williams.I should also mention that I read Health first, and then I went back and read the whole book in order. I liked Health a great deal but I think it gave me some misapprehensions abo [...]


    5. Escapes and The Blue Men were the best stories from a well-written, funny collection. I think Williams' stories can be like drinking a cold glass of ginger ale after reading too much, say, Lorrie Moore. Williams can be one hilarious writer and these two stories are the funniest of the bunch. Rot and The Skater are also very good. Since the book is on loan from the library I think I'm going to go upstairs and photocopy Escapes, just so I can have it until I buy a copy.


    6. I'm embarrassed to resort to a dopey cliche but Joy Williams really has "the magic touch." I loved all these stories with the exception of "The Route." Otherwise I can't help but mention that the drawing adorning the cover was an unfortunate choice. Really bad. Oh well, no reflection on the stories.


    7. Williams definitely falls into the Raymond Carver category but with a good female twist (and minus Gordon Lish's editorializing, making it not as minimalist as Carver). The functional alcoholics are often deadpan funny; the children are precocious and weird in way that you can't quite stop reading about them, especially since the adults seem to find them annoying, as well. I agree with other readers who found the first half of this book a bit better than the second. In flipping back through the [...]


    8. "Clouds aren't as pretty as they used to be. That's a known fact." One of the best lines from one of the best stories ("The Last Generation") from one of the best short story writers ever. (Sadly, Williams' novels just don't do it for me in the same way, though some people really like them.) This collection, however, is excellent. There are, perhaps, one or two misses, but all the rest of them are pure beauty. I really like "The Skater" and the title story. And "The Farm," which may be in this b [...]


    9. I used to enjoy listening to Joe Frank's show "Work in Progress" on NPR and Joy Williams' work reminds me a lot of those disturbing broadcasts. I liked the one about the gutted out decaying car in the living room and the husband who wouldn't talk to his wife unless she sat in that stupid car. Great stuff.


    10. On the cover, Harold Brodkey blurbs: "Joy Williams is now the most gifted writer of her generation." Hard to disagree with Harold Brodkey. So many fine stories here. Favorites include: "Health," "The Little Winter," "The Blue Men," and "Escapes." Also love "Rot" and "The Last Generation."



    11. One story in this book is called "Escapes," about a young girl's love for her depressed, alcoholic mother (and her mother's love for her only companion, the girl). The language and storytelling are simultaneously tactful and childlike. There are marvelous little visions and surprising metaphors that manage to avoid being oppressive as an overt style or authorial voice. All except for the final paragraph, which becomes too elegiac and self-consciously wise. This is the second-to-last paragraph, w [...]


    12. SHE'S JUST SO GOOD! "Pammy coughs. She doesn't want to hear other people's voices. It is as though they are throwing away junk, the way some people use words, as though one word was good as another." Throwing away words is one thing Joy Williams does not do. Every word is everything that's needed. "Walter rubbed his head with his hands. He looked around the room, at some milk on the floor that Tommy had spilled. The house was empty except for them. There were no animals around, nothing. It was a [...]


    13. My library copy is inscribed: "For Chris and Kipp (nice sound!) Joy Williams Chicago 1991." It is possible I've read this entire book before and don't remember. Although many of the stories here confused and bored me, the title story is excellent and unique (especially compared to Room, which I recently read) in that it's from a woman's point of view remembering her childhood in a close and childlike way, but using high language. An example: "Lady the magician said, and I thought a dog might app [...]


    14. This was less consistent thanHonored Guest, but some of theses stories are even better than any from that book. "Health" and "The Last Generation" I particularly admired, as well as "Rot", "Escapes", "The Skater", and "The Blue Men." But "Gurdjieff in the Sunshine State" made no sense and "The Route" was pretty bad. I'm still going with 4 stars, though, because the good ones here were really good.


    15. There's something to be said for the Gordon Lish influenced minimalism of writers of this generation, and Williams's stories are sparse, direct, emotionally objective in that way. Although I can admire the gaunt plots and characters who sometimes seem like they're standing aslant (or trying to stand straight in a slanted world), I've hit the place in my reading life where I want more.


    16. Some of the stories in this book, particularly the first half, were utterly brilliant in innovative form and startling content. And then there were some disappointments. Despite the unevenness, I had to admire the daring.


    17. Joy Williams is an amazing writer. This collection of a dozen short stories is another testament to her talent. I really enjoyed most of the stories in this book, but for me, the title story and the last story in the book, appropriately titled The Last Generation, were the standouts here.





    18. loved the first half of the book! connected less with the second half, but appreciated its experimental nature



    19. Aside from the ridiculously bad cover art, this is a wonderful, devastating book of stories. I adore Joy Williams and am currently making my way through all of her work. This book stands out in that it's made up of stories that masquerade as normal, that is, stories that someone might write in a fiction workshop or publish in a magazine. They are contained and masterful, but they still have all of Williams' signature oddball sentences and bleak, exceptionally dark humor.



    20. Some good stories here, but not nearly as distinctive as more recent collect Honored Guest. Many of the stories here are about people trying to get over one or more recent or upcoming deaths.


    21. A solid book of short stories from Williams: there are the same kind of gorgeous, almost icy sentences that you'd expect, the kind of sentences that skip over the surfaces of life in a way that is arch but also kind of sad. There weren't many stories that really leapt out at me or that I remember all that clearly, but I sure enjoyed reading them. Williams is a bit of a strange writer, because I think narrative is a means rather than an end-- but this book is kind of fish and fowl, with an intere [...]


    22. "There was truly terrifying about girls on the verge of puberty, Gloria thought."Now this is the kind of book that inspires me to write. Williams' first story collection was very good, but in ESCAPES her voice is more assured and unmistakable. Except for one brief esoteric joke-story called "Gurdjieff In The Sunshine State" (I had to consult ol' ), the 11 stories are just about perfect. Centering usually on families affected by divorce, death, a move, or stepparents, and with alcoholic young wom [...]


    23. I looked forward to reading Joy Williams with great anticipation, but overall this was a disappointment. The stories simply try too hard. At times the dialogues sounds a lot like Don DeLillo, and this is where the material works the best. I am reading the Quick and the Dead next, thinking with her reputation she deserves a second chance.


    24. Brilliant collection."The last generation has got certain responsibilities," Audrey said, "though you might think we wouldn't. We should know nothing and want nothing and be nothing, but at the same time we should want everything and know everything and be everything."


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