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Susan Steinberg

In this inventive collection of linked stories, women confront loss and grief as they sift through the wreckage of their lives. A woman struggles with the death of her friend in a plane crash. A daughter decides whether to take her father off life support in the Pushcart Prize-winning “Cowboys.” And when a man hits his girlfriend, she calls it an accident. Spectacle bears witness to alarming and strange incidents: carnival rides and plane crashes, affairs spied through keyholes and amateur porn, vandalism and petty theft. Steinberg challenges conventional gender roles and subverts assumptions about narrative with a fierce, lyric intensity, as these wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets. A vital and turbulent book from a distinctive voice, Spectacle will break your heart, and then, before the last page is turned, will bind it up anew.

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A bold and vital new collection from the award-winning author of Hydroplane and The End of Free Love

About the Author

Susan  Steinberg
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Susan Steinberg is the author of MachineSpectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.
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  • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • “[T]he best kind of experimental fiction. [Steinberg] consistently displays inventiveness, risk-taking, and surprising turns in voice, syntax, structure, and punctuation.”—Dallas Morning News
  • “Steinberg’s all-female narrators tell stories of loss, abandonment, failure to love, and failure to ‘perform’ in the ways the people in their lives expect them to.”The New Yorker's Page-Turner
  • “Narrated entirely by women whose voices merge, divide, recur, and dissipate into one another, [Spectacle feels] novelistic in scope and ambition. . . . This is a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
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