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The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind: Stories

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Publisher Comments:

Like his PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, David Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. But although Guterson's characters go into the wilderness in search of mallards or silver trout, they discover other things instead: the decay of their youthful ardor; the motiveless cruelty of strangers; their own capacity for deception and grief.

Generously imagined, masterfully restrained, and written in prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind is a collection of extraordinary power.

Review:

"Evokes the mores and dilemmas of life with a familiarity tinged with nostalgia and tempered with irony....David Guterson tracks the elements of this world with a precision that evades both vagueness and cliches." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Brilliant....Manages to address moral questions and much more with a supple grace that easily outshines the flashy emptiness of much short fiction....[H]e is a man of many voices, and they all speak volumes." Seattle Times

Review:

"A seamless flow of language and story rewards the reader's efforts. Well crafted and polished...these tales tender truth." Seattle Weekly

Review:

"The pieces are well-crafted, the characters taking shape with a few simple brush strokes." Boston Globe

Review:

"A first collection of ten stories — stark, moody portraits of men or boys faced with loss — that are tautly written, austere, occasionally lyrical, and mark Guterson as a writer to watch." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"These are wonderful, compassionate memory pieces told with a fine sense of detail, and without a whiff of sentimentality, whose revelations unfold quietly and inevitably." Booklist

Synopsis:

Like his novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award, Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. With prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, this is a collection of power.

About the Author

David Guterson is also the author of Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense and Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 1995 ABBY Award, and the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, among others. A contributing editor to Harper's magazine, Mr. Guterson lives on an island in Puget Sound with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Angels in the Snow 3
Opening Day 16
Day of the Moonwalk 30
Aliens 45
Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada 64
Piranhas 70
Three Hunters 88
American Elm 107
Arcturus 129
The Flower Garden 143

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679767183
Author:
Guterson, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Northwest, pacific
Subject:
Northwest, Pacific Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
April 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.02x5.20x.47 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679767183 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Evokes the mores and dilemmas of life with a familiarity tinged with nostalgia and tempered with irony....David Guterson tracks the elements of this world with a precision that evades both vagueness and cliches."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....Manages to address moral questions and much more with a supple grace that easily outshines the flashy emptiness of much short fiction....[H]e is a man of many voices, and they all speak volumes."
"Review" by , "A seamless flow of language and story rewards the reader's efforts. Well crafted and polished...these tales tender truth."
"Review" by , "The pieces are well-crafted, the characters taking shape with a few simple brush strokes."
"Review" by , "A first collection of ten stories — stark, moody portraits of men or boys faced with loss — that are tautly written, austere, occasionally lyrical, and mark Guterson as a writer to watch."
"Review" by , "These are wonderful, compassionate memory pieces told with a fine sense of detail, and without a whiff of sentimentality, whose revelations unfold quietly and inevitably."
"Synopsis" by , Like his novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award, Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. With prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, this is a collection of power.
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