The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

A highly underrated 20th century writer presents a wealth of American eccentrics, including heat-stroked widows, hypnotizing predators, and a boy who swallows his father's wedding ring.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…