From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner Steven Millhauser comes sixteen new stories—provocative, funny, disturbing, and magical.
Beloved for the “lens of the strange” he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser reveals the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here are also stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly “A Voice in the Night” hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her prince awakened only to everyday disappointment.
Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor, Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives.
Stories in this collection include:
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- “Miracle Polish”
- “Sons and Mothers”
- “Mermaid Fever”
- “The Wife and the Thief”
- “A Report on Our Recent Troubles”
- “Coming Soon”
- “Thirteen Wives”
- “The Pleasures and Sufferings of Young Gautama”
- “The Place”
- “Home Run”
- “American Tall Tale”
- “A Voice in the Night”