The Bostons by Carolyn Cooke

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Carolyn Cooke's stories have been featured in several volumes of PRIZE STORIES: THE O. HENRY AWARDS and THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. Her highly anticipated debut collection tells hilarious and often savage truths about people struggling within the confines of history, society, and class.
Mr. Sargent, the aging Brahmin aesthete of the title story, scribbles his epiphanies on cocktail napkins and covers them up with his drinks. A Maine innkeeper shoots his wife, who remains bitterly loyal to him until the death of their son. A whole family conspires to keep the birth of yet another dirt-poor relation a secret from his grandmother. On the icy cobblestone streets of Boston and the rockbound coast of Maine, these vividly realized characters try to reconcile habits of obedience and self-reliance with the urgent desire to capture the wild core of life. The result is an explosion of exquisitely tuned voices, as authentic as they are unforgettable.

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CAROLYN COOKE's stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories and twice in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA program, Cooke has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo. Born in Maine and raised in Boston, she has been a staff writer for Penthouse and reviewed fiction for The Nation. She lives in northern California with her husband and two children.
Published June 1, 2001 by San Val. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The wonderful paired “The Black Book” and “The Trouble With Money” show two women—unconventional, revolutionaries in the modern, modest, liberal sense—feeling their way through the nature of their attraction to each other while one travels to her son’s wedding as a gift to her ailing daughter.

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In her bold debut collection, ''The Bostons,'' Carolyn Cooke seems to take inspiration from such tale-tellers: these are stories that often begin bewilderingly and end suddenly, each one a darting excursion into the troubled but dogged lives of her New England characters.

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