Search Party by Valerie Trueblood
Stories of Rescue

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The diamond-sharp stories in Trueblood’s second collection dazzle... Trueblood (Marry or Burn) tells these stories from unusual angles, with precision and a depth of insight and empathy that enfold the reader into the characters’ lives.
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In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: “If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who’ll require it.

Instead, the astonishingly talented Valerie Trueblood has imbued each story with its own depth and mystery, so rescue comes as a surprise to the reader, who is in intimate sympathy for the soul in extremity. And these are diverse characters whose fates, in lesser hands, might be thought of as hopeless: the fired cop turned security guard, the stolid, 19-year-old nurses’ aide who will not be going to art school, the cynical radio producer who is dying of breast cancer and on a plane on her way to Lourdes.

In these thirteen stories linked by a common transcendent human genius, the writing is confident and clear and original, and often drop-dead stunning, as if the stories are being told by the most casually eloquent among us.
 

About Valerie Trueblood

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Valerie Trueblood is the author of the award winning Seven Loves and the extraordinary earlier collection of stories, Marry or Burn. She lives in Seattle.
 
Published July 1, 2013 by Counterpoint. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Emma G Keller on Aug 26 2013

The stories don't take long to read, but they linger long after you've finished them – in the way you hope the summer might.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

The diamond-sharp stories in Trueblood’s second collection dazzle... Trueblood (Marry or Burn) tells these stories from unusual angles, with precision and a depth of insight and empathy that enfold the reader into the characters’ lives.

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