We're in Trouble by Christopher Coake

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Each of the seven stories in this extraordinary debut collection dramatizes a deep love staring at the face of death- an encounter that elicits either the best or the worst in these vividly drawn characters. In "We're in Trouble," a woman is asked to end her dying husband's suffering. In "Abandon," a troubled young man must risk jail to do right by the only woman he has ever loved. And "In the Event" shows a young musician's all-night vigil after his best friends' sudden deaths leave him the guardian of their three-year-old son.

Suspenseful and empathic, these dramatically constructed stories show love darkening and persevering as it is tried by the cold reality of death. From a wife waiting for news of her husband's latest death-defying climb, to a sheriff thrown into turmoil after his close friend enacts a horrifying murder-suicide, Coake makes us feel the truth of his characters' lives and transforms it into cathartic art.

 

About Christopher Coake

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CHRISTOPHER COAKE lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.
 
Published March 1, 2006 by Mariner Books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A knockout debut striking for its fluid and original shifts of point of view, as well as its haunting depictions of characters who are all real in their responses to suffering.

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“All Through the House” jumps in time, offering perspectives on the murderous last evening of a man who kills his wife, young sons, and in-laws.

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Each story in this collection, even this fragmented opening piece, is driven by a powerful, relentless plot that pulls readers in with crisp language and then carries them quite literally to the edge, as in the first section of "We're in Trouble," when a little boy is playing catch with his dog: ...

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Local author Christopher Coake, who teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, confronts death, betrayal and unhappy love in his new collection of short stories, We’re In Trouble .

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