“Short stories and some short novels are close to poetry–with the fewest words they capture the essence of a situation, of a human being. It’s like trying to pin down the eternal moment.” –Gina BerriaultGina Berriault was one of the great, rare masters of short fiction. With commendable restraint and economy, she delivered stories that contain entire worlds inhabited by a range of characters thrown into all kinds of unsettling predicaments. As a short story writer she had a gift for tapping into the emotions of love, hope, and grief, and for making them palpable within her narratives. No two of her stories are alike, except for in the inevitable disquiet the reader feels in their wake, the exquisite unease that remains at the end of such acclaimed tales as “The Cove,” “The Stone Boy,” and many others. Now, in this compelling posthumous collection, Berriault’s astonishing short fiction once again proves that her position as one of America’s best storytellers remains unchallenged.
Selected Stories of Gina Berriault
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Gina Berriault was born in Long Beach, California. In addition to those mentioned above, she won many other awards including two O'Henry prizes and the Aga Kahn Fiction Prize. Her several screenplays included "The Stone Boy," made into a film starring Robert Duvall and Glenn Close in 1984. She died in Marin Country, California in 1999.