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Lee Upton


“Tao of Humiliation”


Easton, PA


Writer-in-residence and a professor of English at Lafayette College, Lee Upton is author of twelve books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her first collection of stories, The Tao of Humiliation, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal as well as highly favorable reviews from The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and BooklistKirkusselected the collection for their listing of “The Best Books of 2014,” one of eleven books in the subcategory of short stories that included collections by a slate of international authors, among them Alice Munro, Paul Theroux, Tove Jansson, and Hilary Mantel. 

About “Tao of Humiliation”

Alternately chilling, funny, devastating, and hopeful, these twenty stories introduce us to a theater critic who winds up in a hot tub with the actress he routinely savages in reviews; a biographer who struggles to discover why a novelist stopped writing; a woman who searches through her past lives to recall a romantic encounter with the poet W. B. Yeats; a student who contends with her predatory professor; and the poignant scenario of the last satyr meeting his last woman.