About The Book
Frederick Barthelme’s wry and wonderful stories have given us a stunning, cautionary, funny, sometimes bleak, and often transcendent portrait of contemporary life in the sprawl of suburban America. Barthelme made his remarkable debut with these tender and affec”tionate stories, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker. Moon Deluxe received the high praise of such writers as John Barth, Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Margaret Atwood, and earned Barthelme a permanent place in the pantheon of contempo’rary American writers. In these stories he delicately probes the peculiar corners of contem”porary culture, capturing the fast and often touching ways we relate to each other and to the time in which we live.
“The gradual revelations that lead Frederick Barthelme’s characters to an acceptanceand new understanding of things is surprising, subtle, and convincing. Moon Deluxe is a fine collection of stories.” –Ann Beattie
“Moon Deluxe is engaging, observant and at times downright whack-in-the-solar-plexus mean. It’s impossible to conceive of any writer doing what he does any better than he does it.” –Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review
“There are nights in the fairy tales when toys and tables cavort while the humans sleep or are suspended in a trance. Frederick Barthelme’s post-modernist Sunbelt, governed and drugged by gadgets and other quick bright things,is like that.” –Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
“Frederick Barthelme is such a fastidious observer of the real that it’s a shock time after time inthese stories to realize how fantastic the everyday is. . . . A wonderful book.” –Max Apple