The State We're In: Maine Stories

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“Ann Beattie at her most magnificent…Her first new collection in ten years...These tales explore the range of emotional states the author is famous for: longing, disaffection, ambivalence, love, regret. It’s nice to hear her voice again” (People).

“A peerless, contemplative page-turner” (Vanity Fair), The State We’re In is about how we live in the places we have chosen—or been chosen by. It’s about the stories we tell our families, our friends, and ourselves, the truths we may or may not see, how our affinities unite or repel us, and where we look for love.

Many of these stories are set in Maine, but The State We’re In is about more than geographical location. Some characters have arrived in Maine by accident, others are trying to escape. The collection is woven around Jocelyn, a wry, disaffected teenager living with her aunt and uncle while attending summer school. As in life, the narratives of other characters interrupt Jocelyn’s, sometimes challenging, sometimes embellishing her view.

“Ann Beattie slips into a short story as flawlessly as Audrey Hepburn wore a Givenchy gown: an iconic presentation, each line and fold falling into place but allowing room for surprise” (O, The Oprah Magazine). “Splendid...memorable...every page…fitted out with the blessed finery of hypnotic storytelling” (The Washington Post), these stories describe a state of mind, a manner of being. The State We’re In explores, through women’s voices, the unexpected moments and glancing epiphanies of daily life.


  • TheStateWe'reIn 01 Title

    Duration: 32s
  • TheStateWe'reIn 02 Dedication

  • TheStateWe'reIn 03 WhatMagicalRealismWouldBe

    Duration: 25min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 04 TheFledgling

    Duration: 08min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 05 AuntSophieRenaldoBrown

    Duration: 19min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 06 AdirondackChairs

    Duration: 16min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 07 Yancey

    Duration: 17min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 08 SilentPrayer

    Duration: 14min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 09 EndlessRainIntoAPaperCup

    Duration: 49min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 10 Duff sDoneEnough

    Duration: 18min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 11 ElvisIsAheadOfUs

    Duration: 22min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 12 MajorMaybe

    Duration: 15min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 13 RoadMovie

    Duration: 36min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 14 TheLittleHutchinsons

    Duration: 15min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 15 TheStroke

    Duration: 09min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 16 MissedCalls

    Duration: 40min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 17 TheRepurposedBarn

    Duration: 44min
  • TheStateWe'reIn 18 Credits

    Duration: 01min