The Emerald Light in the Air | Granta

  • Published: 03/09/2015
  • ISBN: 9781847086518
  • 130x20mm
  • 176 pages

The Emerald Light in the Air

Donald Antrim

In elegant, precise prose Donald Antrim crafts funny, tender stories of men and women disorientated by love, loss, and bouts of sorrow.

An unfaithful husband goes out to buy flowers for his wife, while across town a new couple, both survivors of difficult childhoods, find comfort together in other people’s apartments. On the edge of a university campus, a group of students are brought together by their ageing drama professor, whose predilection for pot and crush on his star pupil threaten to tip their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a surreal and dangerous farce. And in the title story, a bereaved art teacher drives into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia intending to throw away his ex-girlfriend’s paintings.

A collection of brilliant short stories, some of them very funny but also always tragic, in a heartbreaking way. I haven't read anything as good in years

Karl Ove Knausgaard, New Statesman

Donald Antrim's stories are often lovely and drastic in the same breath, which becomes electrifying for the reader

Richard Ford

You finish this book glad you found it and grateful to be here

Max Lui ‘Best short stories of the Year’, Independent

The Author

Donald Antrim is the author of the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers (both published by Granta) and The Verificationist as well as the memoir, The Afterlife. The New Yorker named him as among the twenty best writers under the age of forty. Antrim has received grants and awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Antrim teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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