Instructions for a Funeral

Instructions for a Funeral

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ISBN
9780571330959
Published
21/03/2019
9780571330959
Format
Hardback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
208

About the Book

'One of the most talented writers of short fiction in America. . .' James Wood, New Yorker

Following the publication of his widely acclaimed, Man Booker-nominated novel Hystopia, David Means returns to his signature form: the short story.

Instructions for a Funeral finds a universally admired practitioner in newly expansive territory. Means writes with compassionate precision about fatherhood, marriage, a homeless brother, the nature of addiction, and the death of a friend at the hands of a serial killer nurse. He transmutes a fistfight in Sacramento into a tender, life-long love story; two FBI agents on a stakeout in the 1920s into a tale of predator and prey; a man’s funeral instructions into a chronicle of organized crime, real estate ventures, and the destructive force of paranoia.

Means’s work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Sherwood Anderson, Denis Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver but his place in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.

'David Means is that lucky (and brilliant) writer: a man in full possession of a vision.'
– Richard Ford

'One of the most talented writers of short fiction in America. . .' James Wood, New YorkerFollowing the publication of his widely acclaimed, Man Booker-nominated novel Hystopia, David Means returns to his signature form: the short story.Instructions for a Funeral finds a universally admired practitioner in newly expansive territory. Means writes with compassionate precision about fatherhood, marriage, a homeless brother, the nature of addiction, and the death of a friend at the hands of a serial killer nurse. He transmutes a fistfight in Sacramento into a tender, life-long love story; two FBI agents on a stakeout in the 1920s into a tale of predator and prey; a man’s funeral instructions into a chronicle of organized crime, real estate ventures, and the destructive force of paranoia.Means’s work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Sherwood Anderson, Denis Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, and Raymond Carver but his place in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.'David Means is that lucky (and brilliant) writer: a man in full possession of a vision.'– Richard Ford
  • David Means

    David Means is the author of A Quick Kiss of Redemption, Assorted Fire Events, and The Secret Goldfish. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zeotrope and Best American Short Stories. He lives in Nyack, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.

“David Means's latest stories [Instructions for a Funeral] floored me. These are little machines for thinking and feeling, made of sentences in which the object in the mirror-consciousness-is much closer than it ordinarily appears.”
- Jonathan Lethem, author of THE FERAL DETECTIVE
“Poetic, insightful, and deeply moving. David Means is one of my very favourite writers.”
- Tara Westover, author of EDUCATED

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