|Publisher:||W. W. Norton & Company|
Said Sayrafiezadeh has been hailed by Philip Gourevitch as a masterful storyteller working from deep in the American grain. His new collection of stories--some of which have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Best American Short Stories--is set in a contemporary America full of the kind of emotionally bruised characters familiar to readers of Denis Johnson and George Saunders. These are people contending with internal struggles--a son's fractured relationship with his father, the death of a mother, the loss of a job, drug addiction--even as they are battered by larger, often invisible, economic, political, and racial forces of American society.
Searing, intimate, often slyly funny, and always marked by a deep imaginative sympathy, American Estrangement is a testament to our addled times. It will cement Sayrafiezadeh's reputation as one of the essential twenty-first-century American writers.