"I wanted to find America," he says. "I wanted to do what my parents did. They were immigrants. They came here. I wanted to do that in another sense, as a writer. I wanted to leave that environment."
Novelist DeLillo turns pen to short stories →
Mr. DeLillo's editor, Scribner editor-in-chief Nan Graham, says she had been thinking about a story collection for about a decade and thought a recent run of short fiction by the author made the new book possible.