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The Difference between Women and Men: Stories

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In this deeply affecting, beautifully crafted collection of short fiction, Bret Lott broadens his stylistic range, striking a surprisingly surreal tone with stark, hyperrealistic prose. As story after dazzling story deliberately takes you down a deceptively ordinary path, the arresting center of each startles your unsuspecting sensibility.

Among the narrative gems is “Family,” in which a husband and wife bicker incessantly before realizing that their two children are missing, only to discover them in a surprising place–and in a disturbing condition. In “Everything Cut Will Come Back,” a long-distance phone call between two brothers takes a turn when their own tragic past crackles over the line. In “History,” a widow thinks she spots her son at the airport and is left instead with a simple memory of her late husband that resolves her grief. The innocence of three boys is lost when they witness a devastating winter tragedy in “The Train, the Lake, the Bridge.”

Within these pages, adulterers are unceremoniously caught, epiphanies arrive during bizarre encounters, and characters move through everyday moments with a fortitude that elevates these stories almost to mythical status. Without a stroke of false sentimentality, The Difference Between Women and Men will leave you strangely shaken–and ever aware of the odd permutations of humankind.

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Synopsis:

In a third collection of short fiction, the author of A Song I Knew by Heart continues his exploration of the themes of love, family, and loss as he follows the lives of three boys who witness a train wreck during the Depression, an aged Southern recluse with a tragic secret, and a self-absorbed couple whose missing children are transformed into living dolls. Reprint.

About the Author

BRET LOTT is the author of the novels A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1999), Reed’s Beach, A Stranger’s House, The Man Who Owned Vermont, and The Hunt Club; the story collections A Dream of Old Leaves and How to Get Home; and the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers, and Before We Get Started. He and his wife now live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is editor of The Southern Review and professor of English at Louisiana State University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345507150
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Lott, Bret
Author:
Bret Lott
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080520
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
220

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Product details 220 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345507150 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a third collection of short fiction, the author of A Song I Knew by Heart continues his exploration of the themes of love, family, and loss as he follows the lives of three boys who witness a train wreck during the Depression, an aged Southern recluse with a tragic secret, and a self-absorbed couple whose missing children are transformed into living dolls. Reprint.
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