The Night In Question by Tobias Wolff
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One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff's new collection--his first in eleven years--begins with a man biting a dog. The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point. The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable: the dog has attacked his protagonist's young daughter. And everywhere in The Night in Question, we are reminded that truth is deceptive, volatile, and often the last thing we want to know.

A young reporter writes an obituary only to be fired when its subject walks into his office, very much alive. A soldier in Vietnam goads his lieutenant into sending him on increasingly dangerous missions. An impecunious mother and son go window-shopping for a domesticity that is forever beyond their grasp. Seamless, ironic, dizzying in their emotional aptness, these fifteen stories deliver small, exquisite shocks that leave us feeling invigorated and intensely alive.


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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 September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and especially ``The Chain,'' which opens with a terrifyingly vivid description of a man rescuing his small daughter from a vicious dog, then slowly, deftly traces the vengeful ``chain'' of violent acts that result from his reluctant complicity in a plot to punish the dog's callous owners.

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While some gifted writers make a show of their virtuosity, others, like Wolff, make what they do seem so artless that only upon reflection is the meticulous craftsmanship and intelligence of their wor

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These 15 stories by the PEN/Faulkner-award winner strike a uniquely American psychic note, said PW.

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While some gifted writers make a show of their virtuosity, others, like Wolff, make what they do seem so artless that only upon reflection is the meticulous craftsmanship and intelligence of their work apparent.

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Tobias Wolff's first story collection in a decade, The Night in Question, has the blunt impact of its piece de resistance, ''Bullet in the Brain.'' Direct, compressed, and unflinching, these tales of emotional awakenings, often triggered by a resonant phrase or a casual epiphany, range from ...

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