From a starred review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "The high gabled houses of upstate New York's Mohawk Valley shelter characters in this superb collection of ten short stories set in the 1950s. Steely, hard & gritty as the dark streets of an upstate winter, these men & women struggle in isolation...Buechler, whose stories have been reprinted in the O, Henry Awards, has created stories that are flawlessly constructed, spare & delicate in the telling... Buechler's talent for creating a sense of place, even a place we might not want to visit, is profound, & his characters, not necessarily people we'd like to know, are unforgettable." (4/11/94). The stories deal with traditional subjects: love, marriage, work, religion. A family goes fishing on the night when Franklin Roosevelt dies. A Polish-American boy named John Sobieski feels the stirrings of ambition. Young women struggle for their lives & the men they want. The characters are much attached to their houses, illustrated on the book's cover by Charles Burchfield's watercolor of an upstate New York street, in winter, at suppertime. Cranberry Books, P.O. Box 1229, Duxbury, MA 02331. Phone: (617) 934-2143. Paper, $12.95 ISBN 0-9639437-0-7.
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Published May 1, 1994
by Cranberry Books.
Literature & Fiction.