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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joy Williams Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia, Emily Woo Zeller, Elisabeth Rodgers, Susan Ericksen Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781504708500
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The legendary writer’s first collection in more than ten years, a literary event of the highest order

Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing. And at long last the incredible scope of her singular achievement is put on display: thirty-three stories drawn from three much-lauded collections, and another thirteen appearing here for the first time in book form. Forty-six stories in all, far and away the most comprehensive volume in her long career, showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel at once peculiar and foreign and disturbingly familiar. Virtually all American writers have their favorite Joy Williams stories, as do many readers of all ages, and each one of them is available here in this definitive collection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Visiting Privilege is a fifty-course, full-tilt tasting menu of misanthropy and guile…[and] solidifies her position as a thorny American writer of the first rank…This is a writer who sees deeply into the hearts of things [and her] stories transmit a deep feeling for life’s transience.”

    New York Times

  • “The Visiting Privilege is…laced with Williams’s trademark cutting wit, which provides a small release, as of steam escaping through a pressure valve, while also pushing the stories’ dark absurdity.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Immaculate artistry…[and] one of the most fearless, abyss-embracing literary projects our literature has seen.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “To read Joy Williams is to be arrested in a state of relentless awe and wonderment…[Her] preternatural intelligence, coupled with a scorching wit and an inability to bore or commit an unoriginal thought to the page, has made her a cult hero.”

    Vanity Fair

  • The Visiting Privilege…doesn’t have a single story, even a single paragraph, that’s less than brilliant…Williams is quite possibly America’s best living writer of short stories.”


  • “When I was young I loved Joy Williams because I thought she was so hilarious. When I got older I loved her because she refused to look away.”


  • “Jolting, tonic, and valiant in their embrace of the ludicrous and the tragic, Williams’ masterful stories belong in every fiction collection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Four dozen stories by one of the form’s greatest practitioners…If you want to see how the pros do it—or simply want to read some of the best stories written today—you need look no further.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Williams delivers a powerful jolt, as in the recent ‘Brass,’ about an Arizona family facing tragedy. Throughout, her characters seem familiar yet unknowable, and she’s brilliantly original, whether depicting strange hospital visits, a teenager with a dying mother, or the death of a German shepherd.”

    Library Journal

  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Story Collection
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2015
  • The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2015 Selection
  • A 2016 PEN USA Literary Award Finalist for Fiction 
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About the Author

Joy Williams is the author of multiple novels and collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. Williams lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.

About the Narrators

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.