Professor Deborah Eisenberg's 'Your Duck Is My Duck' Named Best Book of 2018

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, December 7, 2018

Your Duck is My Duck book cover Your Duck Is My Duck, ​written by Professor Deborah Eisenberg, was on the Best Books of 2018 list in Bookforum December 2018 edition. New York Times staff critics critics also gave the novel a nod in their list of best books for 2018 reviewed in the publication. 


“Dense, disorienting, disturbing, and sometimes prayer-like, Eisenberg’s stories run roughshod through received ideas of the rules for a 'well-made short story.' They are filled with nonsequential scenes, enormous time leaps, slippery perspective, capacious unresolved plots and subplots—no limits.” - Bookforum, starred review.


Professor Eisenberg’s new collection of short stories, Your Duck Is My Duck, received favorable reviews from The New York TimesThe Washington Post and Harper's Review. “Eisenberg is a writer of legendary exactitude, and slowness. The first story she wrote, “Days,” took three years to complete. She now averages a story a year. Her new collection of six stories, Your Duck Is My Duck, is her first book of new material since 2006. She is always worth the wait.” - The New York Times


Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006). Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg (1997). All four volumes were reprinted in 2010 in The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (2010). Her newest collection, Your Duck is My Duck, was published in 2018 to great acclaim.