Reviews

Double Down

“[a] superb (and horrifying) memoir… Double Down is also an unsentimental, even edgy meditation on the loss of one’s parents and the often crazy-making trauma of being orphaned in midlife.”       Entertainment Weekly

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The Law of Averages

“This omnibus collection from the master of the low-key epiphany illuminates, with irony and awe, the surfaces of modern American life.”  The New Yorker

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Elroy Nights

“In an extended passage near the end of Elroy Nights, Elroy remembers his childhood, and Barthelme’s rhythms, his choice of objects, of sensory detail, accrues with an elegiac bitter sweetness.” —Boston Phoenix

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 Waveland

“Illustrates the beauty that sympathetic, precise examination of people and places, stripped of any grandiosity or overcomplication, can convey.” Philadelphia City Paper

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There Must Be Some Mistake

“Barthelme, a master of minimalist suburbia-set fiction (Waveland), returns with a buoyantly offbeat murder tale that doubles as a meditation on everything from contemporary art to Google to mortality.” Publisher’s Weekly

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