Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't
Genre : Fiction
Published : 3 Apr 2014 - Penguin
Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis, one of the greatest short story writers alive.
Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories.
With titles like 'A Story of Stolen Salamis', 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer', 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates', and 'Can't and Won't', the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous, the ironic and the surprising.
Above all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage.


Widely considered one of the most original minds in American fiction today.

Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker

This is what the best and most original literature can do: make us more acutely aware of life on and off the page.

Peter Orner, The New York Times Book Review

[Can’t and Won’t] is evidence of a writer who is in total control of her own peculiar original voice; its ¬pleasures are un¬expected and manifold.

Kate Christensen, Elle

A master of sequencing. Davis mixes long and short dispatches to intoxicating effect.

Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years.

John Freeman, The Boston Globe