Don DeLillo, the author of fifteen novels, has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novel Underworld. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. These stories appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Granta, and The New Yorker.
"A terrific overview of [DeLillo's] many strengths, from pitch-perfect character descriptions to surprising humor to soaring lyricism...The literary fireworks of the title piece alone are a stunning example of how the ordinary can become extraordinary in a gifted artist's hands...Behold and be dazzled."--Josh Emmons, "People" "A vital addition to DeLillo's corpus...expertly realized...The gods have equipped DeLillo with the antennae of a visionary. There is right field, and there is left field. He comes from third field--aslant, athwart. And I love "The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories.""--Martin Amis, "The New Yorker" "Many of [DeLillo's] deceptively simple sentences will leave you awestruck...This slim volume is a marvel--a masterpiece of short fiction."--Carmela Ciuraru, "USA Today" "A beautiful book for all time"--"San Francisco Chronicle" "The typical DeLillo tale reads like a diagnosis of a zeitgeist malady we never knew we had, and in these stories the malady is one of spellbound fixation. DeLillo has achieved a very particular kind of greatness...and his gifts...are, for a contemporary American writer, unsurpassed."--Charles Baxter, "The New York Review of Books" "[DeLillo's] prose is masterly and austere...Even the most fragmentary of [the stories] provides the pleasure of reading the inimitably elegant sentences that DeLillo has been fashioning for four decades."--Troy Jollimore, "The Washington Post" "Magnificent."--Richard Eder, "The Boston Globe" "I was dazzled...Reading this collection confirms DeLillo as one of our very best short story writers...The richness of his work, the pleasures on offer--intellectual, visceral, poetic, comic--are unrivalled."--Sam Lipsyte, author of "The Ask"