Fun with Problems by Robert Stone

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In Fun with Problems, Robert Stone demonstrates once again that he is “one of our greatest living writers” (Los Angeles Times). The stories in this new collection share the signature blend of longing, violence, and black humor with which Stone illuminates the dark corners of the human soul. Entire lives are laid bare with remarkable precision, in captivating prose: a screenwriter carries on a decades-long affair with a beautiful actress, whose descent into addiction he can neither turn from nor share; a bored husband picks up a mysterious woman only to find that his ego has led him woefully astray; a world-beating Silicon Valley executive receives an unwelcome guest at his mansion in the hills; a scuba dive takes uneasy newlyweds to a point of no return. Fun with Problems showcases Stone’s great gift: to pinpoint and make real the impulses—by turns violently coercive and quietly seductive—that cause us to conceal, reveal, and betray our truest selves.


About Robert Stone

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Robert Stone is a Professor in the Biology Department at Suffolk County Community College and is also a co-author of the successful Coloring Guide to Anatomy and Physiology and Atlas of Skeletal Muscles. Robert, and his wife, Judith, have combined teaching experience of over 30 years.
Published January 11, 2010 by Mariner Books. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The title of Robert Stone’s new collection of stories is clearly meant to be read in an ironic sort of way.

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Our enduring central struggle — the battle between the head and the heart — is enacted again and again in Robert Stone’s new story collection.

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Dallas News

seven stories in Robert Stone's Fun With Problems.

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Chicago Tribune

His latest collection of short stories, "Fun With Problems," confirms what longtime Stone lovers always have understood about Stone country--namely, that it-s a big and various place that never looks exactly the same from book to book or story to story, even if its denizens remind you that it-s g...

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