Same Place, Same Things by Tim Gautreaux

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In this collection of stories, Tim Gautreaux chronicles the lives of "ordinary" people who face extraordinary circumstances and decisions: a farmer faced with the prospect of raising his infant granddaughter; a young man who falls in love with a voice on the radio; a train engineer who causes a colossal disaster. In stories filled with heart and humor, event and consequence, the customs and culture of Louisiana come to life in the hands of a writer who blends rare talent with an even more unusual humanity.


About Tim Gautreaux

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Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Zoetrope, as well as the O. Henry and Best American short-story annuals. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction.
Published April 26, 2013 by Picador. 223 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and, most memorably, the nursing-home employee (in the wonderful ``Deputy Sid's Gift'') whose confused responses to the ``black drunk truck thief'' who keeps invading his life eventually rescue him from his own meanness.

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The startling image of a baby playing with shotgun shells opens ""The Courtship of Merlin LeBlanc.'' Aging Merlin must care for his baby granddaughter after his daughter, a woman with a troubled, drug-ridden past, dies in a plane crash.

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