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The Night in Question: Storiesby Tobias Wolff
Synopses & Reviews
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.
In a collection of short stories, one man is shot while waiting in a bank line, another is fired for writing a premature obituary, and a woman visits her father after his mental breakdown. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
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.
Table of Contents
Mortals — Casualty — Powder — The life of the body — Flyboys — Sanity — The other Miller — Two boys and a girl — Migraine — The chain — Smorgasbord — Lady's dream — The night in question — Firelight — Bullet in the brain.
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