The Twilight of the Superheroes

(Fiction; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)

Deborah Eisenberg’s seventh collection of short stories has attracted a great deal of the sort of attention usually accorded to writers of exceptional short fiction: glowing reviews, a cadre of devoted readers, but not yet a more widespread following. Eisenberg has never written a novel and, along with Alice Munro, she demonstrates that for some gifted souls, short fiction is not a lesser alternative to the novel but a writer’s truest form.

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