Games and Rituals: Stories Hardcover by Katherine Heiny

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Games and Rituals: Stories Hardcover by Katherine Heiny

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (April 18 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735243123
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780735243125
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 400 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.11 x 2.34 x 21.72 cm
The beloved author of Early Morning Riser (“The funniest novel of the year.” —The Washington Post) brings us eleven glittering stories of love—friendships formed at the airport bar, ex-husbands with benefits, mothers of suspiciously sweet teenagers, ill-advised trysts—in all its forms, both ridiculous and sublime.

The games and rituals performed by Katherine Heiny’s characters range from mischievous and edgy to tenderly touching.

In “Damascus,” a mother fears her teenage son is making the same youthful mistakes she did, only to realize that he is wiser than she had understood. In “Twist and Shout,” Ericka’s elderly father mistakes his four-thousand-dollar hearing aid for a cashew. In “Turn Back, Turn Back,” a bedtime story coupled with a receipt for a Starbucks babyccino reveal a struggling actor’s deception. And in “561,” Charlene pays the true price of infidelity when she is forced to help her husband’s ex-wife move out of the family home. (“It’s like you’re North Korea and South Korea… But would North Korea help South Korea move?”)

From one of today's most accomplished bard's of modern life—of waking up in the wrong bed, wearing the wrong shoes, being late for the wrong job, but being loved by the right people—a fresh and satisfying work of glorious humour and immense kindness.

About Author

KATHERINE HEINY is the author of Early Morning Riser; Standard Deviation; and Single, Carefree, Mellow, and her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other magazines. She has lived in London, The Hague, and Boyne City, Michigan, and now lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and children.

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