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Of Distortions, a collection of stories, and Chilly Scenes of Winter, a novel, Ann Beattie embarked on a dual career. As a writer of short stories, she slipped immediately into a distinctive and assured style, which, though it has gone through a series of modulations, has retained a remarkable consistency; as a novelist, her path has been more uneven, but her novels expand her literary project, broadening her reach and pushing her to experiment in ways that often enrich her stories as well. From the beginning it was clear that Beattie had an uncanny ability to express the longings and disappointments of a generation that came of age in the 1960s and moved all too quickly into the downtrodden 1970s; in her early work, she captures the half-resigned, half-aimless spirit of disenchanted upper-middle-class twenty- and thirty-year-olds between jobs, between marriages, and between emotions, with consummate skill.

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