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Wait Till You See Me Dance

Stories
Deb Olin Unferth
For more than ten years, Deb Olin Unferth has been publishing startlingly askew, wickedly comic, cutting-edge fiction in magazines such as Granta, Harper’sMagazine, McSweeney’s, NOON, and the Paris Review. Her stories are revered by some of the best American writers of our day, but until now there has been no stand-alone collection of her short fiction.

Wait Till You See Me Dance consists of several extraordinary longer stories as well as a selection of intoxicating very short stories. In the chilling “The First Full Thought of Her Life,” a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune. In “Voltaire Night,” students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. In “Stay Where You Are,” two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent—but the gunman has his own problems.

An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-768-9
Format
Paperback
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Pages
200
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
“Deb Olin Unferth is one of the most daring and entertaining writers in America today.”—Sam Lipsyte

About the Author

Deb Olin Unferth
Credit: Elizabeth Haidle
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the collections of stories Wait Till You See Me Dance, Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in Granta, Harper’sMcSweeney’sNOON, the Paris Review, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas.
 
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Praise

  • One of The Brooklyn Rail's Best Books of 2017
    One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Short Fiction of 2017
    One of Electric Literature's 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017
    One of Largehearted Boy's Favorite Short Story Collections of 2017
  • “One of the most important voices in fiction’s long-awaited collection of short fiction is a fascinating must-read.”Newsweek
  • “[Unferth’s] absurd and tender story collection is full of sentences like clear glass doors, and you, reader, are the bird. . . . The way she writes [her characters] is reminiscent of the unsentimental, often absurd, compassion of George Saunders. . . . The multiplicity of feeling is wonderful; it’s like she’s swirling all these different colors of paint together but stops while it’s all still just thinly marbled together.”—NPR
  • “No one can resist Unferth’s masterful distortion of the American dream with a set of unforgettable mistake-makers who aren’t quite past redemption.”—Courtney Maum, CNN Travel
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