Good Sentences about Short Fiction

In The New York Times Book Review, from J. Robert Lennon’s review of Jamie Quatro’s new story collection:

A truly excellent writer, though, pursues her obsessions and allows them to dictate what form her work will take. That sounds simple, but in fact it is hard for any writer to recognize what those obsessions are, to face them squarely when they are frightening or puzzling, and to shape them into persuasive works of art. This is why we so admire what George Saunders is doing now, or what Alice Munro has been doing for the past few decades: They have been living with their obsessions for a long time and have figured out how to give them form.

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