Peter Ho Davies Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Peter Ho Davies is known primarily as a short-story writer.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Peter Ho Davies’ work was selected for The Best American Short Stories in 1995 and 1996. He won an O. Henry Award in 1998. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he has also been awarded the John Llewelyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan Prizes in the United Kingdom and the H. L. Davis Oregon Book Award in the United States.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Carey, Jacqueline. “Ties That Bind.” The New York Times, March 19, 2000, p. 7-11. A review of Equal Love that praises Davies for his depiction of the burdens of family ties.

Eder, Richard. “‘Equal Love’: When Children Become Parents of Their Parents.” Review of Equal Love, by Peter Ho Davies. The New York Times, February 2, 2000, p. E9. Eder comments that Davies writes with considerable skill but sometimes at the expense of “conveyed feeling.” Not all the stories are successful; the best are on the wild side. These include “The Next Life” and “The Hull Case.” The latter is the most “moving and suggestive” story in the collection.

Fernandez, Jay A. “The Ugliest House in the World.” The Washington Post, January 4, 1998, p. X08. Says Davies is another example of the “mishmash” of global experiences. Calls the title story a flawless rendering of the effects of guilt.

Hensher, Philip. “Arts and Books Feature.” The Daily Telegraph (London), February 19, 2000, p. 05. In this interview, Davies talks about how it felt to publish his first book, how he reacts to reviews, and the difficulty he has keeping from being distracted while writing.

Kirkus Reviews. Review of The Ugliest House in the World, by Peter Ho...

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