Tales of natural and unnatural catastrophes

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In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith's incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with "afterimages that will tremble--but stay--in our minds" (The New Yorker).
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Short stories filled with "satire, mischief, and menace" by the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley (Harper's Bazaar).

These ten stories chronicle a world gone slightly mad, with dark, inventive takes on environmental degradation, apocalyptic disaster, political chaos, religious conservatism, and more.

From a winner of both an O. Henry Award and a Silver Dagger Award, among other honors, and the author of Strangers on a Train, the basis for the classic Hitchcock film, this collection of short fiction is filled with "afterimages that will tremble—but stay—in our minds" (The New Yorker).

"Whereas we read Stephen King or Ruth Rendell to relish the thrills that come from carefully controlled verbal terror, Highsmith is not to be taken so lightly. She conveys a firm, unshakable belief in the existence of evil—personal, psychological, and political. . . . The genius of Tales—and all of Highsmith's writing—is that it is at once deeply disturbing and exhilarating." —Boston Phoenix

"Combining the best features of the suspense genre with the best of existential fiction . . . The stories are fabulous, in all senses of that word." —Paul Theroux

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title_display Tales of natural and unnatural catastrophes
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title_short Tales of natural and unnatural catastrophes
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