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ISBN13: 9780679781554
ISBN10: 0679781552
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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.

Review:

"Wolff's characterizations are impeccable, his ear pitch-perfect and his eye unblinking yet compassionate." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Unlike his earlier work, which was somewhat raw, in this book Wolff ties up his stories with neat, little endings. His reputation as a memoirist will create demand." Library Journal

Review:

"Understatement, irony, and surprising juxtapositions are the key ingredients of these generally accomplished and resonant fictions." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Tobias Wolff has written about his life in the acclaimed This Boy's Life and in In Pharoah's Army. Born in Alabama, he was raised in Salt Lake City and in the mountains above Seattle. He briefly attended prep school in Pennsylvania, then joined the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He thereafter took degrees at Oxford and Stanford. Since 1980 he has taught literature and writing at Syracuse University.

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loveless2198, April 16, 2013 (view all comments by loveless2198)
When i read the back of the book, it sounded so full of itself that i dont even know why i bought this book. I did end up buying it and carrying it around for about three weeks slowly reading it when i had free time and i found out that some stories in it just sorta "stuck" to me, which is very good. I love short novellas or stories and this is one of the better books i have some accross. dont listen to the explanation at all
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2late, August 15, 2006 (view all comments by 2late)
I'll be completely honest here. I have read but one story in the collection: "Bullet in the Brain." Nay, I have but had the story READ TO ME on NPR's "This American Life." But dang, I'm sold. What honesty and richness in a writer. I can't wait to read all the other stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781554
Author:
Wolff, Tobias
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
7669
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.60 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679781554 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wolff's characterizations are impeccable, his ear pitch-perfect and his eye unblinking yet compassionate." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Unlike his earlier work, which was somewhat raw, in this book Wolff ties up his stories with neat, little endings. His reputation as a memoirist will create demand."
"Review" by , "Understatement, irony, and surprising juxtapositions are the key ingredients of these generally accomplished and resonant fictions."
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