Reviews

  • To read Davis is to become a co-conspirator in her way of existing in the world, perplexity combined with vivid observation . . . In a universe drowning in words, Davis is a respite. What she doesn't say is as important as what she does

    New York Times Book Review
  • Can't and Won't is the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years

    John Freeman, Boston Globe
  • Short, shorter and brilliant: a unique and dazzling body of work

    Oregonian
  • Astonishing, touching, memorable, extraordinary . . . Even at her most poetic Davis is a storyteller

    Radar
  • Profound, beautiful, moving . . . You will go back to a little gem that has wormed its way into your mind and stuck there, and discover that it is indeed a little gem, which sparkles a different way each time and flashes with a brief beauty or hidden meaning

    Susan Hill, Spectator
  • Psychological richness, frequent poignancy . . . Davis hints insistently at how abundant nothingness can be when we bother to look at it

    Joshua Cohen, Times Literary Supplement
  • Can't and Won't shows Davis using precise language to articulate the kind of ideas and impressions which are usually left to float around the subconscious

    Max Liu, The Independent
  • I am also a massive fan of Lydia Davis so was really excited about Can't and Won't

    Lauren Mayberry, The Observer

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