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Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis’s Essays One, her first nonfiction book, is forthcoming (FSG, 2019). Her most recent collection of stories is Can’t and Won’t (FSG, 2014). She is also the author of The Collected Stories (FSG, 2009), as well as translations of Proust’s Swann’s Way (Viking Penguin, 2002) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Viking Penguin, 2010), among other works. Her translation of Proust’s Letters to His Neighbor appeared in 2017 from New Directions, which will also be publishing her translation from the Dutch of the very short stories of A. L. Snijders in 2020.


Illustration by Kristen Radtke

Four Stories

Winter 2017 | Fiction

In a Hotel Room in Ithaca

April, the housekeeper,

has left a message for me

handwritten in red ink on a piece of paper.

It is lying next to the coffeemaker.