Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux
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A master storyteller's triumphant, moving collection about lost souls, found love, and rediscovered tradition

Tim Gautreaux returns to the form that won him his first fans, with tales of family, sin, and redemption: from a man who realizes his grandchildren are growing up without any sense of right or wrong, and he's to blame; to a camera repairman who uncovers a young woman's secret in the undeveloped film she brings him; to a one-armed hitch-hiker who changes the life of the man who gives her a ride.

Each one a small miracle of storytelling and compassion, these stories are a joyous confirmation of Tim Gautreaux's rare and generous talent.

 

About Tim Gautreaux

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Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Zoetrope, as well as the O. Henry and Best American short-story annuals. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction.
 
Published January 6, 2009 by Picador. 223 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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or likable Iry Bordeaux (in “Dancing with the One-Armed Gal—), fired from his job at the icehouse and on the road westward, where he picks up a disabled lesbian academic hitchhiker, whose dismissal from her job occasions several delicious conversational exchanges (—That’s a bitch.—/ .

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The 11 stories in Gautreaux's second collection (Same Place, Same Things) are energized by compassion, perception and antic humor, but occasionally hobbled by didactic dialogue and stilted characters.

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The 11 stories in Gautreaux's second collection (Same Place, Same Things) are energized by compassion, perception and antic humor, but occasionally hobbled by didactic dialogue and stilted characters.

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Austin Chronicle

Fortunately for everyone, Gautreaux gracefully does honor to the genre with nearly every story here.

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