A Perfect Stranger

And Other Stories

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
In Roxana Robinson’s lucid and elegant prose, her characters’ inner worlds open up to us, revealing private emotional cores that are familiar in their needs, their secrets, and their longings. These people tell us the truth–not only about themselves, their relationships, and their lives, but about ourselves as well. A Perfect Stranger powerfully and affectingly examines the complex, intricate network of experiences that binds us to one another. These stories are tender, raw, lovely, fine–and they reaffirm Roxana Robinson’s place at the forefront of modern literature.


Family Christmas

At Christmas, we went to my grandparents’.

My grandparents lived outside New York in a private park, a strange nineteenth-century hybrid between a club and a housing development. The Park was enclosed by a thick stone wall, and at the entrance was a pair of stone gateposts, and a...
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“Elegantly written yet emotionally raw . . . [with] the urgency of an unputdownable thriller.”
–The Washington Post

“**** . . . Robinson fills her pages with detailed, sensuous writing that strikes a deep emotional chord. . . . [A] splendid collection.”

“[Robinson’s stories chart] the ebb and flow of affection and fury within relationships [and] carry us across the spectrum of human experience.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“If stories were paintings, Roxana Robinson’s short works in A Perfect Stranger . . . could be seen for what they really are: little marvels of light and shadow.”
–O: The Oprah Magazine

“Brilliant . . . vivid stories . . . a mesmerizing writer.”
–The Seattle Times

“Start in on any sentence and I’m absolutely sure you’ll read to the end of the story, and of the book, and you’ll come out of it feeling grateful, deeply stirred, seriously happy.”
–Alice Munro