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Publisher Comments:

This book begins with "We're in Trouble," a suite of three stories that introduces its common theme: love darkening and persevering as it is tried by the cold fact of death. And in the vivid stories that follow, as Coake's unforgettable characters experience love staring at the face of death, it elicits either the best or the worst in them. 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 imperiled characters' lives and transforms it into cathartic art.

With the complexity, depth, and narrative drive of a novel, this extraordinary debut collection is at once suspenseful, empathic, and almost unbearably moving.

Review:

"In his striking debut collection, Coake considers how character is revealed under pressure. The title story is a stunner, a series of three vignettes in which a young man recalls a tragic accident, two lovers witness a death and a married couple grapple with the husband's terminal cancer. A misfit couple breaks into an Upper Peninsula cabin, but find themselves trapped in a blizzard in "Abandon." In "Cross Country," a man estranged from his wife takes their young son on a road trip; several shifts in point of view?from father, to son, to an outside observer?throw the dynamics of their relationship into question and blur the lines between love and menace. The story concludes with an ambiguous gesture made with protective intent: "He tightens his grip on the wheel, and concentrates instead on what he knows: the flat horizon stretched out ahead. The soft warmth of the boy's neck. His hand resting on it. The way his fingers curl, to fit its shape." "A Single Awe" introduces Dana, a married woman tormented by adulterous thoughts. Her husband is a good but dull man, and the selfless act of heroism that won her love also revealed her own limitations. With unadorned but dramatic, economical prose, Coake explores the human capacity for altruism and cowardice in these high-stakes tales." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Uncanny, clear-eyed....[Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme — love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death) — from seemingly every angle. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Sometimes, when you're reading these stories, you forget to breathe....Beautifully written." Nick Hornby

Review:

"Gripping reading from a talented newcomer." Booklist

Review:

"Both beautiful in its elegance and merciless in its intensity....For such dark material, Coake's stories are elegant and redolent of an aching form of humanity." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"Surely one of the bleakest short-story collections in recent memory....Coake's stories are not the uneven offerings of most debut collections of fiction, and they are not clumsy efforts to horrify. Expertly crafted and edited to the bone, they fill us with fear of a very human kind." Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

"Uncanny, clear-eyed . . . [Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme—love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death)—from seemingly every angle. A-."—Entertainment Weekly

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, Christopher Coakes unforgettable characters experience love staring in the face of death. As their love darkens and perseveres, it elicits either the best or the worst in them. With the complexity, depth, and narrative drive of a novel, Coakes extraordinary debut collection makes us feel the truth of his imperiled characters' lives and transforms it into cathartic art. Were in Trouble is at once suspenseful, empathic, and almost unbearably moving.

"Coake has . . . done something both alarming and amazing: He has taken his proximity to mortality's horrors, mined them for their truest nature, married them to a sure hand for storytelling and presented us all with a debut book of stories, We're in Trouble, that is both beautiful in its elegance and merciless in its intensity."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"I've read more than a thousand stories a year for the past eight years and nothing—nothing—has surpassed the work of Mr. Coake. You will be stunned, you will have tears in your eyes, and you will remember these stories for the rest of your life."—Otto Penzler, The Best American Mystery Stories

Christopher Coake lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

About the Author

Christopher Coake lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

Table of Contents

We're in Trouble 1

Cross Country 31

Solos 61

In the Event 107

A Single Awe 143

Abandon 175

All Through the House 245

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156032773
Author:
Coake, Christopher
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Psychological fiction, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 3, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.64 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his striking debut collection, Coake considers how character is revealed under pressure. The title story is a stunner, a series of three vignettes in which a young man recalls a tragic accident, two lovers witness a death and a married couple grapple with the husband's terminal cancer. A misfit couple breaks into an Upper Peninsula cabin, but find themselves trapped in a blizzard in "Abandon." In "Cross Country," a man estranged from his wife takes their young son on a road trip; several shifts in point of view?from father, to son, to an outside observer?throw the dynamics of their relationship into question and blur the lines between love and menace. The story concludes with an ambiguous gesture made with protective intent: "He tightens his grip on the wheel, and concentrates instead on what he knows: the flat horizon stretched out ahead. The soft warmth of the boy's neck. His hand resting on it. The way his fingers curl, to fit its shape." "A Single Awe" introduces Dana, a married woman tormented by adulterous thoughts. Her husband is a good but dull man, and the selfless act of heroism that won her love also revealed her own limitations. With unadorned but dramatic, economical prose, Coake explores the human capacity for altruism and cowardice in these high-stakes tales." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Uncanny, clear-eyed....[Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme — love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death) — from seemingly every angle. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Sometimes, when you're reading these stories, you forget to breathe....Beautifully written."
"Review" by , "Gripping reading from a talented newcomer."
"Review" by , "Both beautiful in its elegance and merciless in its intensity....For such dark material, Coake's stories are elegant and redolent of an aching form of humanity."
"Review" by , "Surely one of the bleakest short-story collections in recent memory....Coake's stories are not the uneven offerings of most debut collections of fiction, and they are not clumsy efforts to horrify. Expertly crafted and edited to the bone, they fill us with fear of a very human kind."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Uncanny, clear-eyed . . . [Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme—love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death)—from seemingly every angle. A-."—Entertainment Weekly

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, Christopher Coakes unforgettable characters experience love staring in the face of death. As their love darkens and perseveres, it elicits either the best or the worst in them. With the complexity, depth, and narrative drive of a novel, Coakes extraordinary debut collection makes us feel the truth of his imperiled characters' lives and transforms it into cathartic art. Were in Trouble is at once suspenseful, empathic, and almost unbearably moving.

"Coake has . . . done something both alarming and amazing: He has taken his proximity to mortality's horrors, mined them for their truest nature, married them to a sure hand for storytelling and presented us all with a debut book of stories, We're in Trouble, that is both beautiful in its elegance and merciless in its intensity."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"I've read more than a thousand stories a year for the past eight years and nothing—nothing—has surpassed the work of Mr. Coake. You will be stunned, you will have tears in your eyes, and you will remember these stories for the rest of your life."—Otto Penzler, The Best American Mystery Stories

Christopher Coake lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

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