Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

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6 Critic Reviews

Her description of the terrine as “a perfect melding of disparate entities” applies just as easily to the relationships between friends, married couples, lovers, co-workers, teachers and students she describes in beautifully descriptive prose.
-Star Tribune

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Rebecca Lee, one of our most gifted and original short story writers, guides readers into a range of landscapes, both foreign and domestic, crafting stories as rich as novels. A student plagiarizes a paper and holds fast to her alibi until she finds herself complicit in the resurrection of one professor's shadowy past. A dinner party becomes the occasion for the dissolution of more than one marriage. A woman is hired to find a wife for the one true soulmate she's ever found. In all, Rebecca Lee traverses the terrain of infidelity, obligation, sacrifice, jealousy, and yet finally, optimism. Showing people at their most vulnerable, Lee creates characters so wonderfully flawed, so driven by their desire, so compelled to make sense of their human condition, that it's impossible not to feel for them when their fragile belief in romantic love, domestic bliss, or academic seclusion fails to provide them with the sort of force field they'd expected.

 

About Rebecca Lee

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Rebecca Lee is professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the author of The City Is a Rising Tide. Her fiction has been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts, and her stories have been published in the Atlantic Monthly and Zoetrope. “Fialto,” which appears in this collection, was the winner of the National Magazine Award for fiction.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 223 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Bobcat and Other Stories
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Robin Romm on Jul 19 2013

There’s release in the lack of purity, the admission of imperfection and mandatory sadness.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 26 2013

...in a story full of exotic beauty, nothing is lovelier than the notes Min’s grandmother made when trying to marry off Min’s father...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 29 2013

This fresh, provocative collection, peerless in its vehement elucidation of contemporary foibles, is not to be missed.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Jul 28 2013

Her description of the terrine as “a perfect melding of disparate entities” applies just as easily to the relationships between friends, married couples, lovers, co-workers, teachers and students she describes in beautifully descriptive prose.

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Above average
Reviewed by Michael Christie on Sep 21 2012

...I’d venture that with this book she’s already done exactly what we’d be watching for her to do. So perhaps I’ll just say this: She is a writer to read, carefully.

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Reviewed by Michael Christie on Sep 21 2012

...I’d like to say she’s a writer to watch, but I’d venture that with this book she’s already done exactly what we’d be watching for her to do. So perhaps I’ll just say this: She is a writer to read, carefully.

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