Our Strangers

Our Strangers
Published : 5 Oct 2023 - Canongate
Lydia Davis is a virtuoso at detecting the seemingly casual, inconsequential surprises of daily life and pinning them for inspection. In Our Strangers, 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 and mumbled remarks betray a marriage. In the glow of Davis’s keen noticing, strangers can become like family and family like strangers.
Our Strangers is a fascinating collection that confirms the genius of a writer whose every attention is transformative.


A trailblazer in the world of short-form prose

New Yorker

Lydia Davis is a sly miniaturist whose distinct blend of personal reflection, flash fiction, and poetic concision serve up little epiphanies in shot glass-sized portions.

Heller McAlpin, NPR

Life is boring. Lydia Davis’s new book makes that fascinating.

Chelsea Leu, New York Times

Lydia Davis is a miniaturist with sizable intentions. Her micro-stories, many just a couple of lines are constrained in length only.

Alec Clark, The Guardian

One of the greatest living practitioners of the short story form delivers an exquisite collection of miniatures suffused with nuance and empathy.

Waterstones Book Club

With signature wit and depth, Davis represents a compendium of flash and short fiction.

Vanity Fair

No one does brevity like Lydia Davis. Reading OUR STRANGERS is very much an exercise in amazement.

The Financial Times

Even the slenderest (and some are a few scant lines) contain whole worlds of suggestion and feeling, displaying an absorbing inquisitiveness into the natural world and human nature that’s irresistible.

The Daily Mail

The wonder of Davis’s work is her ability to reveal how close attention – that rarest of commodities in an attention-starved world – reveals the beauty, sorrow and strangeness of all our seemingly quotidian lives.

Erica Wagner, The Sunday Times

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