Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff
New and Selected Stories

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This collection of stories—twenty-one classics followed by ten potent new stories—displays Tobias Wolff's exquisite gifts over a quarter century.


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About Tobias Wolff

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Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
 
Published March 25, 2008 by Vintage. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In these stories of hope, disappointment and rationalization, Wolff shows that more than 30 years after he published his first story, his writerly instinct remains vital, hardy and basically unchanged — deeply sourced in the well of its first origin.

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In the stronger stories, however, as in his powerful 1989 memoir “This Boy’s Life,” he demonstrates his ability to write about misfortune and survival with a winning combination of sympathy and humor, depicting both his characters’ recognition of the abyss — “where wounds did not heal, and things...

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The New York Times

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To read a Tobias Wolff story is to sink into the soft seat of your grandfather’s strong, modest old Buick and let yourself be carried through an America of small towns, small joys, small struggles and small despairs — a landscape so familiar as to be invisible, the landscape of homeland.

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The Guardian

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In one of Tobias Wolff's early stories, a married professor has a one-night stand with a vulnerable woman helping out with the catering at an academic conference.

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Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Tobias Wolff has denied that he was ever part of the so-called "Dirt...

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The Guardian

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Bloomsbury £9.99 Tobias Wolff possesses something like the emotional equivalent of perfect pitch, moving through a staggering repertoire of tones – from comic and sexy to wistful and despairing – often within a single page.

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Publishers Weekly

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Wolff's first story collection, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (1981), was a major salvo in the short story renaissance that included Raymond Carver.

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BC Books

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Tobias Wolff writes so well, you won't notice that he is breaking all the rules of storytelling

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Almost every Tobias Wolff story has a strange, unexpected moment when everything changes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Restrained, droll, and nearly flawless in structure, Tobias Wolff's keen-edged stories often concern confused folks who want to do the right thing, or at least find a way to allow themselves to believe that they're doing the right thing.

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The Telegraph

Sergeant Morse, in Awaiting Orders, who agrees to meet the sister of a recruit shipped out to Iraq simply because he fancied the beautiful boy, might be speaking for all of them when he muses: 'He had often wished that his desires served him better, but in this he supposed he wasn't unusual - tha...

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The Bookbag

The stories reminded me of Wolff's fellow American writer Richard Yates, who also placed finely drawn characters in similar psychological and geographical landscapes: people mired in nagging regrets, and facing messy, unnecessary deaths caused by stupid misunderstandings.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Our Story Begins is his forth collection of short stories, and its enthusiastic reviews indicate that Wolff has lost none of his narrative power—or his widespread popularity—over the years.

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Oprah.com

Among the new pieces in Tobias Wolff's intensely pleasurable collection Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories is a brief, simple tale about a man, John, walking a dog.

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Oprah.com

Among the new pieces in Tobias Wolff's intensely pleasurable collection Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories (Knopf) is a brief, simple tale about a man, John, walking a dog.

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Ben Casnocha

Some months ago, I was driving, listening to the audiobook of Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff, a collection of short stories.

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