Ann Beattie’s long list of books have in common a theme of characters stamped by a specific generation and so generally out-of synch with the world around them. In many cases, the generationally stamped are baby-boomers, coming to grips, specifically, in her latest read, with things like the latest technology and the fluidity of sexuality and gender as chromosomes and box-ticks on birth certificates cease to lose their prior status as in-stone certainties. “The Accomplished Guest,” Beattie’s latest effort, makes use of a Dickensonian sentiment, that asserts that by leaving “the soul ajar” room is left for inspiration, a savior, or a lover, thereby allowing the characters to find a last, or at last, a life-lifting stand they can make, a Beattie trademark.
- Ann has been writing for 40+ years and writes all fiction stories.
- Ann’s stories take place in the 21st century, with computers, and lots of gadgets.
- The characters engage in illegal behavior such as taking prescription drugs without a prescription.
“Most of the 13 stories take place in Maine, Key West or Charlottesville, locales Beattie has made familiar in previous collections.”