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General Information

Name:  Deborah Eisenberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Winnetka, Illinois

-- Deborah Eisenberg on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Deborah lived in Illinois from her birth until the late 1960's when she moved to New York.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deborah Eisenberg is a Professor of Creative Writing, at the University of Virginia.

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Titles At Your Library

Transactions in a Foreign Currency: Stories (Contemporary American Fiction)
ISBN: 0140098550

Penguin Books. 1987

Seven stories tell of a tragic love affair, a teenager's involvement with an older man, a struggle to quit smoking, and a woman who discovers she is in love with an old friend

Under the 82nd Airborne
ISBN: 0374280681

Farrar Straus & Giroux. 1992

Characters make discoveries about themselves and their relationships, in seven stories that comment on topics ranging from surburbia to Central American politics

All Around Atlantis: Stories
ISBN: 0374270872

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1997

Deborah Eisenberg's deeply etched and mysterious stories focus on individuals grappling with dislocations, ironies, and compromises levied by ordinary reality and the vivid, troubling worlds her characters inhabit. With lyrical and gleaming prose, Eisenberg pries open daily life to explore the hidden mechanisms of human behavior.

The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg
ISBN: 0374524920

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1997

When Deborah Eisenberg's first book of stories, Transactions in a Foreign Currency, was published, John Updike noted: "Whenever a new writer arrives, a new window of life is opened, and this has happened here." The scope and depth of Eisenberg's idiosyncratic vision were even more apparent in her second collection, Under the 82nd Airborne, which The New York Times Book Review called "nothing short of extraordinary."

As these two collections gathered here into one volume show, Eisenberg's stories have an astonishing power and range. Her characters, whether they are walking in the streets of Manhattan or seemingly abandoned in foreign countries, continually make disquieting and sometimes life-threatening discoveries about themselves, discoveries that illuminate not only their own lives but also the wider net of relationships in which they are enmeshed.

"The reprinting of these two collections as one is sure to win Eisenberg's stories an even wider audience than they now enjoy." - Publishers Weekly

Twilight of the Superheroes: Stories
ISBN: 0312425937

Picador. 2007

Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies of human connection and disconnection. From a group of friends whose luck in acquiring a luxurious Manhattan sublet turns to disaster as their balcony becomes a front-row seat to the catastrophe of 9/11, to the too painful love of a brother for his schizophrenic sister, Eisenberg brilliantly "illustrates the lives of people rubbed raw by what the fates have sent them" (Vanity Fair).

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
ISBN: 0312429894

Picador. 2010

Twenty-seven short stories by "a contemporary master" (The New York Times).

Since 1986 with the publication of her first story collection, Deborah Eisenberg has devoted herself to writing "exquisitely distilled stories" which "present an unusually distinctive portrait of contemporary American life" to quote the MacArthur Foundation. This one volume brings together Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997) and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006).

"One of America's finest writers."―San Francisco Chronicle "Concentrated bursts of perfection."―The Times(London) "Shimmering stories that possess the power and charm to move us." ―The New York Times"Exhilarating."―Harper's Magazine "Outstanding."―Christian Science Monitor "Eisenberg simply writes like no one else."―Elle "Eisenberg's stories possess all the steely beauty of a knife wrapped in velvet."―The Boston Globe "Dazzling."―Time Out New York "Magic."―Newsweek "Comic, elegant and pitch perfect."―Vanity Fair"One of the great fiction writers living in America today."―The Dallas Morning News "There aren't many contemporary novels as shudderingly intimate and mordantly funny as Eisenberg's best stories."―The New York Times Book Review


  • O. Henry Award, 1986, 1995, and 1997,
  • For her short stories

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