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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.

Tim Gautreaux's work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Story, and three recent editions of The Best American Short Stories. His novel The Next Step in the Dance won the 1999 SEBA Book Award. He is a writer in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. He lives in Hammond, Louisiana.

In his second story collection, Tim Gautreaux offers tales of family, sin, and redemption: from a man who realizes his grandchildren are growing up without any sense of right or wrongand 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 hitchhiker who changes the life of the man who gives her a ride.

"Both hilarious and honest . . . Gautreaux applies love and compassion, knowledge and ingenuity to create something superb."The Seattle Times

"Startling and redemptive . . . These stories suggest . . . that to be alive means being open to grief and accident, chance and wonder."The Chicago Tribune

"Move Garrison Keilor's Lake Wobegon stories to Louisiana, add heat and Tabasco, and the result would be Welding With Children."The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Gautreaux has perfect pitch . . . it's his fiction's coarse incongruitiesepitomized by the book's titlethat prove the limitless possibilities of limited geography."The New York Times Book Review

"Finely balanced, sweet, and gritty."The San Francisco Chronicle

"A pleasure from start to finish."The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Synopsis:

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 the Author

Tim Gautreaux's work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Story, and the three most recent editions of Best American Short Stories. His novel The Next Step in the Dance won the 1999 SEBA Book Award. He is a writer in residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. He lives in Hammond, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Welding with ChildrenMisuse of LightGood for the SoulEasy PickingsThe Piano TunerThe Pine Oil Writers' ConferenceResistanceSorry BloodSunset in HeavenRodeo ParoleDancing with the One-Armed Girl

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312267926
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Gautreaux, Tim
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20000903
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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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.

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