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Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is the author of seven books of short fiction, two books of essays, and one novel. She is also the translator of numerous works from French and other languages. Her latest collection of stories, Our Strangers, is forthcoming (Bookshop, 2023).



Spring/Summer 2023 | Fiction

An itinerant photographer has set up his camera, lights, and chair in a local grocery store. This was many years ago. I was there, I saw it myself.

How He Changed over Time

September 8, 2020 | Fiction

He used to play the violin, but then, as his fingers thickened and lost some of their agility, he became frustrated by trying to play, and then bored by it. 

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.