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By Antonya Nelson | Comments: ( 374 ) | Date: ( Jan 27, 2020 )

A collection of stories from one of the New Yorker s twenty young fiction writers of the new millennium, a series of unforgettable glimpses into contemporary family life Set in the American Southwest, and featuring one previously unpublished story, Nothing Right shows one of our best writers working at the top of her game Antonya Nelson s stories are masterpieces poiA collection of stories from one of the New Yorker s twenty young fiction writers of the new millennium, a series of unforgettable glimpses into contemporary family life Set in the American Southwest, and featuring one previously unpublished story, Nothing Right shows one of our best writers working at the top of her game Antonya Nelson s stories are masterpieces poignant, hilarious, truthful explorations of domesticity The artfully rendered characters in Nothing Right try to keep themselves intact as their personal lives explode around them A mother and her teenage son finally find common ground when his girlfriend becomes pregnant A woman leaves her husband and finds herself living with a stranger who is getting extensive plastic surgery while her best friend is dying of cancer In Or Else, one of three short stories nominated for a National Magazine Award for the New Yorker, a man brings his girlfriend to a house he claims belongs to his family, only to have his lie exposed when one of the real owners comes home to scatter her father s ashes These stories are sure to delight longtime fans and readers lucky enough to be just discovering Antonya Nelson.


  • Title: Nothing Right
  • Author: Antonya Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781596915749
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction, including Nothing Right and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody s Girl, and Living to Tell Nelson s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories The O Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and, recently, the United States Artists Simon Fellowship She is married to the writer Robert Boswell and lives in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, where she holds the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.



Comments Nothing Right

  • karen

    so i entered to win this book on because connor loves her like crazy, but other than that, i had no knowledge of her. and when i won this book, out of all the books i tried to win, i felt a little resentful towards it, honestly. entering for this one had been an afterthought. i tend not to read too many short stories, the author wasn't already a favorite (damn you, winners of the new jon mcgregor), and i knew i wanted to be reading the kjaerstad trilogy this month. so i felt obligated to read/r [...]


  • Sonia

    On p. 252 in "We and They," the character Angel is described as follows: "she flipped burgers at the Arby's across from East High." Ahem, Professor Nelson! Everyone knows that you get roast beef at Arby's. The whole principle of Arby's is the eschewal of the burger; they are trying to save the world from ordinary fast food. Their current menu (I checked) has nothing meaty that would be flipped. Are you trying to degrade this character by giving her a pretend job? Is the elitist ignorance of the [...]


  • Erin

    Antonya Nelson’s collection, Nothing Right, does three things very, very well: theme, image and smash-bash beauty.Focusing chiefly on the relationships in families the collection explores what constitutes “family” and how family might differently be understood as either biology or care. As each story explores these familial relationships they also tease out what responsibilities we hold to our family - individual relations and the institution as a whole. It reminds the reader that perfecti [...]


  • Matt

    There was a time when I was totally wild over Antonya Nelson's commitment to the short story form and what she could do with it, and then came a time when I burned out on the stories she was actually writing in that form. More recently year at an AWP panel on plot, Nelson wowed and I thought I was ready to go back read her again.The results are mixed-- I still think she's formally a really interesting writer, which is much of what she talked about at the panel-- these stories tackle interesting [...]


  • Lindsay

    This book seemed to take a really long time to read (for me anyway) since my schedule has become a bit more hectic recently, but I always enjoyed returning to it when I could grab a minute. It didn't evoke in me that rabid urge to rush through it, to devour it as soon as I could. It felt to me like an old friend. In fact, that's what the stories became for me--like listening to a close friend spill their guts. There was something very gratifying about this collection. None of the characters or s [...]


  • Connie N.

    I should have guessed from the title that this was going to be a depressing bunch of stories. It's not that they aren't well written, because they are, and they were fairly quick and easy to read. As a matter of fact, I'd probably rate them 2.5 stars if I could. But the key word here seems to be "regret." In many of these stories, the main character is full of regret for mistakes made, either an unfortunately affair or a poor life choice. There's an underlying sense of discouragement throughout. [...]


  • J.A.

    Nothing Right by Antonya Nelson is another hardcover short story collection by an author whose work is familiar, yet it was a reading experience altogether different from In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. The order of the stories is as significant as the content. In Nothing Right the title story is also the lead story, and the two previously published stories I had read fell nearly at the end of the collection. I found reading the stories in this order to be more settled, although the stories thems [...]


  • Jane

    I love Antonya Nelson's writing. I think it's just that short stories don't grab me in quite the way novels do. I remember loving these stories, but don't remember favorites. It's been a while, six months, so I can't remember individual stories, all I remember is the feeling of loving them. Some of these stories felt familiar, some didn't. So I am rereading, and this time around am totally taken with the families that Nelson creates. The first story, "Nothing Right" is amazing. I'm reading on va [...]


  • Sharon

    The title is apt: Not only do Nelson’s characters do nothing right, they continue to do more and more wrong as a story progresses. She takes an annoying or uncomfortable situation that is familiar, like a teenage boy being made to do community service after vanidalizing school property, and keeps pushing it to its furthest possible, but inevitable-seeming conclusion. In the middle of her stories, I think they can’t possibly get into any more trouble, and then they do. The stories are not ble [...]


  • Terri Jacobson

    Antonya Nelson has written 8 books of fiction and numerous short stories. I'm kind of ambivalent about this collection, which is the first of her work I have read. She's an interesting writer, and has some very well-turned images. Some of my favorite lines include:"And I've got the most odious melody running in my head, it would just figure that I'd get stuck with this song that I absolutely cannot stand but which I know every single damn lyric to.""Suspiciousness was soul-killing, and it was ne [...]


  • Karen

    Darn it! She really has earned her accolades. It was weird reading these stories of the misbegotten set in some of the places I have most vividly experienced my own misbegots: Houston and Kansas. Nelson seems to romanticize the places, but has no romance for people. These stories read like variations on the same theme. Much deception, drugs, drinking and betrayal; dust, crust, food stains, chin hairs and sticky kitchen tables. A literary dazzler about many, many people for whom nothing is right. [...]


  • Megan Hansen

    This is the kind of in your face, ugly reality kind of book. A mother scared of her adolescent son, tales of loneliness, complicated relationships, and broken hearts. It definitely wasn’t the most cheerful read, but because of that it was enjoyable! The title says it all, so if you like drama and angst with a heavy does of reality, you’ll want to pick this book up!


  • Jan

    plodding "realism" -- why do people love this stuff so much? safe.


  • Andrew Queisser

    Loved most of these stories, just a couple weren't 5 star so I'll give it a 4.


  • Katherine

    "'Party of one' seemed the saddest phrase she could imagine, so oxymoronic" (37)."And she thought what she always thought when she shook a man's hand: the last thing that hand had gripped , and in just this way, was his own dick at a urinal" (38)."Would it be interesting to tend bar? Would it make you wise? Or just jaded? Were the two the same?" (48)."e moon beyond getting fat and thin as the world spun itself between it and the sun" (109)."Ought was something you had to leave in the waiting roo [...]


  • Tom Hooker

    Antonya Nelson presents a collection of short stories, whose heavily introspective narration seeks to give us a glimpse into the motives for their decisions, actions, even their lives. Here is a sampling, listed by story title: “Nothing Right” – A free-spirited woman who has done “nothing right” in her marriage or in the raising of her (now) fifteen-year-old son, now faces the repercussions of her life. “Party of One” – A woman meets with her suicidal sister’s lover to convince [...]


  • Sally

    I've put off reviewing this for awhile as I wanted to really consider my thoughts on these stories. First off I will admit that the short story is not my favorite form of writing. I am a devoted novel reader and usually prefer the more fully fleshed out characters a good author can provide in that format.That said, these stories were quite powerful, despite some of the characters not being particularly likable. There were a few that I was more than ready to have end, just because I really, reall [...]


  • Jay

    I just read that Antonya's writing career coincided with her motherhood. That may explain a few things for me. In most of her work, she has such a talent for fitting together bits and pieces of disjointed families. For me that means that each paragraph is loaded with multiple perspective. Sure, Antonya paints a picture of one person, but they don't seem to be independent of another. "Nothing Right," the title piece blows me away because Antonya picks up on the emotions and sensitivities of two, [...]


  • Jenny

    I won this book on First Reads, so I am reading it a second time through. The stories are not emotionally evocative and do not make me feel anything in particular (I cannot really empathize with the characters and sometimes do not even particularly like them), but there is something about the way Nelson writes that makes each story seem very real - as if each story was happening somewhere in the world or stories like itd isn't it kind of sad and strange and interesting that all these stories are [...]


  • Beth Anne

    great collection of short stories. her writing style reminded me a lot of one of my favorite authors ever, raymond carver. the stories are all short, but packed full of intensity and plot. they suck you in within the first paragraph, and then leave you stuck in that place once the story drops you.each of the unexceptional, unspecial characters is written exceptionally well. her focus, unlike carver, is on womenbut each woman's heart and soul and dirty secret intimate thoughts are plastered on ev [...]


  • Kate

    Antonya Nelson has the ability to make the mundane extraordinary. So many sentences made me wonder how I could not have seen the world in just that way before. Her attention to detail is awe inspiring.These stories on their own, cannot be anything less than exquisite, but as a collection, I wonder if there was not a sameness to them that left me feeling like I was ready to be done. Had I run into one in a literary magazine, or some other place I would have surely wanted more, but instead I had m [...]


  • Alexis

    Antonya Nelson's writing is a tribute to short-stories. Oftentimes when I read short story collections, it's easy for me to chug through from one to the next; however, almost every story in this collection was so engrossing I needed time to digest before moving on to the next. As the title shows, a theme of being unsettled or offput runs throughout the collection. I found all stories touching, thought-provoking and frequently unsettling, but I was not left with a sense of despair to taint the re [...]


  • Julie

    One of the blurbs on the back of the book was from Raymond Carver, and I can see why he would like her writing - it's a more feminine version of his style! Not quite as sparse as Carver could be, but there are definite echoes of him in her writing (the blurb was for her in general, not this collection of stories).This collection is best consumed one story at a time. While reading the first half of the book I read one story right after the other, and it blurred them together too much. These stori [...]


  • Lisa

    This book of short stories is written in prose that I really like. The pace of the stories and the amount of information given (setting versus character development, etc.) all were to my liking. The stories were interesting. But, for some reason I didn't love the collection entirely. The characters, in general, were not people I was interested in. A few of the main characters were self-described liars, but their lying came for no apparent reason. The best story, truly a good one, was the title s [...]


  • Chaitra

    I'm partial to short stories, and this is such a sparkling collection. My favorite would have to be Or Else - a guy brings his latest girl to a house in Telluride he says belongs to his family, and gets kicked out by the real owners. I also liked People People - the do-gooder genius exposing secret adulterous affairs, Nothing Right - two divorced people and their misfit teenage children, We and They - the hippies vs. the bible thumpers, and Falsetto - a woman whose parents are in an accident try [...]


  • Jamie

    This collection of short stories is densely packed, but each story carries its own weight, detailing the life of a perfectly normal woman as she tries to survive. Alternating between painful and humorous, Nelson pulls the reader into the characters' viewpoints and embroils us in events and occurrences, some of which are familiar and some of which I hope never become so. It is worth reading slowly, digesting a story at a time, instead of breezing through successive stories, and the characters wil [...]


  • Deidre

    Antonya Nelson. Nothing Right. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.Nelson is one of my favorite writers. All these short stories were excellent. I couldn’t go through and recapture them in a sentence or two. Some short story books just have to be reread and this one will be one of them. “Falsetto” (112) Her mother is dying. “…no matter how extraordinary this day and how it had arrived seemed – she was soon going to have to bear some very ordinary bad news. Every day somebody’s mother died. [...]


  • Kasa Cotugno

    Each of these short stories is so compacted with characterization and plot, that they resemble novels more than slices of life. The current trend in short story collections is to provide "linked" stories that have connection with one another, but these gems each stand alone, leaving the reader curious but statisfied. I find myself reading short stories more these days, and while I appreciate those of say Ali Smith and Alice Munroe, Tobias Wolfe, I found these to be more contemporary in feel and [...]


  • Becky Fowler

    I bought this because I loved "Or Else," in the New Yorker -- one of the only (or the only?) in this collection whose protagonist is a man (make that: boy-man). As I found, here anyway, the author usually focuses on women, and her women are great, all in different phases of discovering that they are the ones who need them most. I like this story teller and will read more by her. I'll try a novel next, though, because I really felt like many of her stories were more like novels scrunched down int [...]


  • Kellie

    This was a book club pick last month. A few of the stories in this collection are outstanding- the title story, and "We and They" were both extremely well written and engrossing. It seemed that many of the stories bled together with a leitmotif of disappointment, which made this a one story per sitting type of read. It also made it difficult to differentiate the narrative voice between many of the stories. Overall though, there are some very challenging themes and ideas presented in this collect [...]


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