If you've never read Joy Williams, you've never read anyone like Joy Williams
How to tell the story of a 500-page collection of stories spanning more than 40 years? Especially when I really want to just exclaim, "Oh, Oh, OH!" in a state of steadily mounting rapture
The Visiting Privilege is an electric and dangerously human volume. Not making sense, and making too much sense, is Williams's alarming territory. You will probably do what I did afterwards, and order her old novels from America ... Cheever would have liked her Breaking and Entering in particular.
The Visiting Privilege cements Williams's position not merely as one of the great writers of her generation, but as our pre-eminent bard of humanity's insignificance
Powerful, important, compassionate, and full of dark humor. This is a book that will be reread with admiration and love many times over
Williams is a flawless writer, and The Visiting Privilege is a perfect book ... the rare collection that doesn't have a single story, even a single paragraph, that's less than brilliant
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