Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories (Art of the Story) (Paperback)

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Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories (Art of the Story) (Paperback)

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The singular, enchanting debut story collection from Elizabeth McCracken, now back in print as part of Ecco’s “Art of the Story” series, and with a new introduction from the author

Called “astonishingly assured” by The Guardian, the nine stories that make up Elizabeth McCracken’s debut story collection deal with oddball characters doing their very best to forge connections with those around them.

In “It’s Bad Luck to Die” a woman marries an older tattoo artist and finds comfort in agreeing to act as a canvas for his most elaborate work. “Some Have Entertained Angels, Unaware” follows a young girl as she comes face to face with a cast of eccentrics her recently-widowed father has invited to live in their expansive but dilapidated home. And in the title story, a young man and his wife are perplexed when an outspoken old woman shows up on their doorstep for a visit, claiming to be a distant aunt, even though she can’t be traced on a family tree.

At once captivating and offbeat, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry is a dazzling showcase of the early years of Elizabeth McCracken’s prodigious talent.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum (long-listed for the National Book Award), Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.


Product Details ISBN: 9780062873729
ISBN-10: 0062873725
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Art of the Story

"McCracken [has an] engaging voice, a sharp eye for those moments when the grotesque hides behind the unexceptional—and an ability to persuade us that what appears most unlikely is often most illuminating and, frequently, most true." — Francine Prose, Los Angeles Times

"Funny and heartbreaking.... A terrific book....You could gulp [these stories] like heart-candy." — The Boston Sunday Globe

"Impressive . . . elegantly written." — New York Times Book Review

"McCracken is a . . . robust, ferocious romantic who sees reality with all its chinks, twitches, and zits, and finds it beautiful." — Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love