Grace Paley’s Fiction, Short And Straight To The Heart

“Like all the greatest masters of the short story–Chekhov, Hemingway, Sholom Aleichem, Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel–Paley had an uncanny genius for containing a world within a sentence. … Why did Paley never write a novel? At the beginning of her career, her first editor suggested it, and Paley later wrote, ‘I tried, for a couple of years. I failed.’ In a sense, the question is as absurd as asking why Chekhov never did, or Carver, or Borges.”

Source: Slate 09/07/07