June 7, 2023

OUR STRANGERSThe latest collection from Man Booker International Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, Lydia Davis. In OUR STRANGERS, Davis’ seventh collection of fiction, peoples’ lives intersect for brief moments on trains, in restaurants, and as neighbors. Conversations are overheard and misheard; a special delivery letter is mistaken for a rare white butterfly; toddlers learning to speak identify a ping pong ball as an egg; mumbled remarks become a series of moments of annoyance in a marriage. Davis is a virtuoso at detecting the seemingly casual, inconsequential frictions of daily life and pinning them for inspection. What is revealed is a “combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure, and human wisdom” (James Wood, The New Yorker). The book will be published by Bookshop Editions in October 2023.