In Envy Country: Stories

Paperback | January 15, 2010

byJoan Frank

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Set in Paris, California, Italy, and Spain, Joan Frank's second story collection explores the uncertainties and triumphs of women and men in and out of love and marriage, at varying ages and stages of contemporary American life. By turns wry, pained, and amused, In Envy Country investigates those small, complex truths that gain clarity with time and distance.

"Joan Frank shows us ourselves. . . . Meticulously observed, with sentences that will make you stop and go back for another look." --Ehud Havazelet, author of Bearing the Body and Like Never Before

"These stories each have a wonderful, intimate feel. . . . Written with authority and intelligence, they are layered and subtle . . . serious, and yet take us back to the sense of discovery; reading them is fun." --Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge and Abide with Me 

"Nothing escaps Joan Frank; her stories of not-so-innocent bystanders gleam with subtlety, intelligence, and sly wit." --Brian Morton, author of Breakable You and Starting Out in the Evening

"A worldly collection in all the best ways; a writer of unusual wit, sophistication, and psychological insight; reading these pages is a pleasure." --Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

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Set in Paris, California, Italy, and Spain, Joan Frank's second story collection explores the uncertainties and triumphs of women and men in and out of love and marriage, at varying ages and stages of contemporary American life. By turns wry, pained, and amused, In Envy Country investigates those small, complex truths that gain clarity...

Joan Frank is the author of two novels, Miss Kansas City, which won the Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and The Great Far Away, a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction, as well as a story collection, Boys Keep Being Born, a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Award. Frank's earlier books have been reviewed by the Ne...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268028885

ISBN - 13:9780268028886

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"Reading a short story by Santa Rosa author Joan Frank is like confessing a terrible secret to your best friend. You've got to go through the dark tunnel of truth, but there's a light at the other end, promising comfort. And you know you're not alone. . . . In In Envy Country, Frank limns the intricacies of contemporary relationships--men and women in and out of love and marriage--exploring their most intimate secrets from a wry distance." --The Press Democrat