A 2004 PEN/Malamud Award winner, this collection celebrates the work of American artist Richard Bausch -- a writer the New York Times calls "a master of the short story." By turns tender, raw, heartbreaking, and riotously funny, the many voices of this definitive forty-two-story collection (seven of which appear here for the first time) defy expectation, attest to Bausch's remarkable range and versatility, and affirm his place alongside such acclaimed story writers as John Cheever, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, and Grace Paley.
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But Bausch’s considerable gifts for strong focus and compassion breathe troublingly real life into his analyses of estrangement and unrequited or rejected spousal and filial love (“Police Dreams,” “Weather,” “Luck”), incompatibility and adultery (“The Eyes of Love,” “High-Heeled Shoe”), and self-...| Read Full Review of The Stories of Richard Bausch
Spare, naturalistic dialogue imbues his characters with a quiet nobility as they struggle to extract themselves from ''the usual awkward position of not knowing what was expected, how [to] proceed.'' Originally posted Oct 31, 2003 Published in issue #735 Oct 31, 2003 Order article reprintsOct 31 2003 | Read Full Review of The Stories of Richard Bausch
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