Joy Williams: A New Book and a Little Star Weekly Special

Today Knopf issues Joy Williams’ first book of stories in ten years, and for the occasion we have opened up all her work for Little Star as our weekly special!       “Argos,” the afterlife of Odysseus’s faithful dog, reimagined “Mission,” nine days, or is it forever, behind bars, for desecrating the dead after […]

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“The Mission,” by Joy Williams

A Mr. Hill was doing my paperwork. “What will you take away from this experience?” he asked me. I looked at him, a little wildly, I guess. “What do you think you will learn from the incarceration experience?” he said. “I don’t know,” I said. Mr. Hill wore a pink shirt and looked tired. His […]

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Joy Williams, Argos—a new parable

I had waited for my absent master for twenty years and when he returned he came in the guise of a beggar, a mangy tramp, a bag of bones. This was calculation, this deception, the final triumphant wile of the wily Ulysses. I alone recognized him. I thumped my tail in joy though I hadn’t […]

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