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The children in the woods : new and selected stories

Author: Frederick Busch
Publisher: New York : Ticknor & Fields, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recipient of the 1991 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story, Frederick Busch confirms his achievement in this unsettling and affecting collection of new and selected stories. Like Hansel and Gretel, the characters in The Children in the Woods are concerned with survival; in the subtle playing out of this dark fairy tale, Busch makes palpable the themes of love, loss, alienation, and disillusionment. In
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Busch, Frederick, 1941-2006.
Children in the woods.
New York : Ticknor & Fields, 1994
(OCoLC)623289699
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Busch
ISBN: 039564724X 9780395647240
OCLC Number: 28257646
Description: 338 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Bread --
Bring your friends to the zoo --
Is anyone left his time of year? --
A three-legged race --
The trouble with being food --
How the Indians come home --
Widow water --
The lesson of the Hotel Lotti --
My father, Cont. --
What you might as well call love --
The settlement of Mars --
Critics --
Stand, and be recognized --
Ralph the duck --
Dog song --
One more wave of fear --
The world began with Charlie Chan --
Extra extra large --
The wicked Stepmother --
Folk tales --
Dream abuse --
The page --
Berceuse.
Responsibility: Frederick Busch.

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Recipient of the 1991 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story, Frederick Busch confirms his achievement in this unsettling and affecting collection of new and selected stories. Like Hansel and Gretel, the characters in The Children in the Woods are concerned with survival; in the subtle playing out of this dark fairy tale, Busch makes palpable the themes of love, loss, alienation, and disillusionment. In "Critics," it is the hierarchy of familial.

Relationships that isolates an only child; in "The Settlement of Mars," a young boy's first recognition of the adult world is a frightening and disorienting experience; in "My Father, Cont.," a child fantasizes he will be abandoned by his bickering parents; and in "Folk Tales," a man's reappraisal of his life is catalyzed by the discovery of old correspondence in his mother's safe-deposit box after she dies. In all of these stories Busch is a master at exposing the.

Vulnerability that resonates in each of the characters. As Shelby Hearon proclaimed in the New York Times Book Review of Absent Friends, Busch's most recent collection, "These stories hit us where we live: alone." Busch's previous collections of stories and his highly acclaimed novels Closing Arguments and Long way from Home have established his reputation as a writer of powerful literary fiction. The distillation of twenty years of story collections by Frederick Busch.

The Children in the Woods is further testimony to the integrity and distinction of his work. Containing eight previously uncollected stories, The Children in the Woods is an opportunity for both old fans and those newly acquainted with his work to celebrate this remarkable writer.

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