Natural Shocks

Trade Paper – $18.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-5147-5
Publication Date
October 2004
Page Count
260 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN
0-8101-5147-2

Natural Shocks

For more than forty years, Richard Stern has earned the admiration of writers like John Cheever, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Flannery O'Connor and Joan Didion. TriQuarterly Books and Northwestern University Press are proud to reissue three of his most celebrated novels, including Natural Shocks. New forewords relate these works to our time and describe the mastery which in 1985 won Stern the Medal of Merit for the Novel given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
About the Author
Richard Stern is the Helen A. Regenstein Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. In 1985 he won the Medal of Merit for the Novel awarded every six years by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His recent works include Pacific Tremors, published by TriQuarterly Books in 2001, and What Is What Was (Chicago, 2001). Almonds to Zhoof, The Collected Stories of Richard Stern is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books in Fall 2004.
Reviews
"Natural Shocks bears Richard Stern's special mark: sweet purity of feeling joined to an enviable and dazzling knowledge of the globe's daily business." -Phillip Roth
"Like all accomplished works of art, Natural Shocks moves along so easily and spontaneously that it virtually resists close examination.... Mr. Stern is a craftsman par excellence."
-New York Times
"Stern is a remarkably deft and witty writer.... His theme-the retreat from human feeling and a reawakening to it-is as grand as any that fiction can accommodate." -Newsweek