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The Stories of Richard Bausch

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Awards

Winner of the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Few writers of the past quarter-century have so consistently surprised, startled, and delighted their readers as has the masterful Richard Bausch, whom the Washington Post Book World calls "a virtuoso of language and literary grace." His nine critically acclaimed novels have established him as one of the most important fiction writers of his generation, a visionary stylist with an acute eye for the minute detail that illuminates the deepest wells of human experience. Yet it is for his award-winning short fiction that Bausch is perhaps most admired.

The Stories of Richard Bausch celebrates the work of a great American artist, 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.

Review:

"Bausch's stories operate on a heartrendingly human scale [and] imbue his characters with a quiet nobility. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A fine, fat collection of 42 tales....[Bausch's] best stories are distinguished by characters whose complexity is simply and economically suggested....This is the book for which Bausch will be remembered." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"[M]asterful....Bausch illuminates both benevolent and malevolent aspects of human nature with dark humor, a spiky imagination, consummate artistry, and unfailing compassion." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"Richard Bausch is, simply, one of our greatest short story writers." Andrea Barrett

Review:

"Richard Bausch is a master of the short-story form, capturing the everyday lives of ordinary people with a flair and eye that make the mundane exciting and suspenseful." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"While this is a strong selection of his best work, it still isn't in the same league as the early Updike stories, for example. There's a hint of academic exercise to these efforts, and Bausch doesn't try to push the boundaries. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"A memorable collection." Boston Herald

Review:

"No writer has a finer insight into the delicate nuances of the human heart than Richard Bausch." Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Review:

"A master storyteller at his finest." Charlotte Observer

Review:

"Bausch writes about things that matter." Raleigh News & Observer

Review:

"Bausch [is] a magical storyteller." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"Richard Bausch is a master of the short story." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

On the heels of his critically acclaimed novel "Hello to the Cannibals," this definitive collection of the best of Bausch's marvelous short stories (which includes three novellas) celebrates the life's work of a great American artist.

About the Author

Richard Bausch is the author of nine other novels and seven volumes of short stories. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, GQ, Harper's Magazine, and other publications, and has been featured in numerous best-of collections, including the O. Henry Awards' Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. In 2004 he won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Table of Contents

Preface
Nobody in Hollywood 1
Valor 14
Riches 31
Self Knowledge 47
Glass Meadow 50
Par 67
Someone to Watch Over Me 85
Fatality 103
The Voices from the Other Room 126
Two Altercations 139
1951 154
The Man Who Knew Belle Starr 156
What Feels Like the World 178
Ancient History 194
Contrition 213
Police Dreams 222
Wise Men at Their End 238
Wedlock 257
Old West 267
Design 292
The Fireman's Wife 307
Consolation 330
The Brace 344
The Eyes of Love 361
Luck 373
Equity 381
Letter to the Lady of the House 398
Aren't You Happy for Me? 407
Not Quite Final 421
Weather 438
High-Heeled Shoe 457
Tandolfo the Great 474
Evening 486
Billboard 501
The Person I Have Mostly Become 511
1-900 526
"My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" 545
The Weight 562
Accuracy 579
Unjust 596
Guatemala 616
The Last Day of Summer 639

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060196493
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Author:
Bausch, Richard
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
G-9
Publication Date:
November 4, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
‘A “Read just a few of these staggerin
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.35x6.46x1.53 in. 2.30 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 672 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060196493 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bausch's stories operate on a heartrendingly human scale [and] imbue his characters with a quiet nobility. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "A fine, fat collection of 42 tales....[Bausch's] best stories are distinguished by characters whose complexity is simply and economically suggested....This is the book for which Bausch will be remembered."
"Review" by , "[M]asterful....Bausch illuminates both benevolent and malevolent aspects of human nature with dark humor, a spiky imagination, consummate artistry, and unfailing compassion."
"Review" by , "Richard Bausch is, simply, one of our greatest short story writers."
"Review" by , "Richard Bausch is a master of the short-story form, capturing the everyday lives of ordinary people with a flair and eye that make the mundane exciting and suspenseful."
"Review" by , "While this is a strong selection of his best work, it still isn't in the same league as the early Updike stories, for example. There's a hint of academic exercise to these efforts, and Bausch doesn't try to push the boundaries. Recommended."
"Review" by , "A memorable collection."
"Review" by , "No writer has a finer insight into the delicate nuances of the human heart than Richard Bausch."
"Review" by , "A master storyteller at his finest."
"Review" by , "Bausch writes about things that matter."
"Review" by , "Bausch [is] a magical storyteller."
"Review" by , "Richard Bausch is a master of the short story."
"Synopsis" by , On the heels of his critically acclaimed novel "Hello to the Cannibals," this definitive collection of the best of Bausch's marvelous short stories (which includes three novellas) celebrates the life's work of a great American artist.

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