Fox notes that:
Ms. Paley’s output was modest, about four-dozen stories in three volumes ... But she attracted a devoted following and was widely praised by critics for her pitch-perfect dialogue, which managed at once to be surgically spare and almost unimaginably rich. ... Ms. Paley’s stories short on plot, and much of what happens is that nothing much happens. Affairs begin, babies are born, affairs end. But that was the point. In Ms. Paley’s best stories, the language is so immediate, the characters so authentic, that the text is propelled by an innate urgency — the kind that makes readers ask, “And then what happened?”There are a couple of excellent interviews with Paley about the craft of writing on the salon.com website, one here and the other here.
And if you want to discover Paley's work for yourself, all her stories have been collected into one volume.
The god of bookaholics was looking down on me this evening!
I had just been chatting to Eric about Grace Paley (he blogged about her here) and both of us were saying we wanted collected stories so much but that it would probably be a while before we saw it here.
I said goodbye to him, strolled out of MPH. Saw Pay Less books with racks of second hand books in the concourse. And spotted the book immediately.
With 70% off and in mint condition!!!