Publishers Weekly Names All My Friends a “Pick of the Week”

Publishers Weekly has selected Marie NDiaye’s All My Friends as a pick of the week for the week of May 13, alongside authors like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Joan Silber. Indeed, those are not bad comparisons for All My Friends: like Silber, the stories here show an intense level of attention to language and style on the sentence-level, and like Adichie, NDiaye is capable of turning dark themes into universal commentaries on all our lives. For more on just how exquisitely wrought these stories are, see this interview with translator Jordan Stump.

Here’s a little bit from Publishers Weekly’s starred review of the book:

Inhabiting the tense, anxiety-riddled interstices where things fall apart, the five stories in this collection don’t follow each other so much as collide like objects in a literary maelstrom, achieving a dizzying terminal velocity. NDiaye, who received France’s most prestigious literary prize for Three Powerful Women and may be that nation’s most startling new literary voice, brings to life an electrifying rogue’s gallery of social outcasts, disgruntled wives, and loony strivers.

All My Friends, which officially goes on sale next week, was also just named as a book to watch by Library Journal.

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